Slovak parliamentary election, 2006

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Slovak parliamentary election, 2006
Slovakia
2002 ←
17 June 2006 → 2010

All 150 seats to the Národná rada
76 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
  Robert Fico crop.jpg DzurindaMik2.jpg
Leader Robert Fico Mikuláš Dzurinda
Party Smer-SD SDKÚ-DS
Last election 25 seats 28 seats
Seats won 50 31
Seat change +25 +3
Popular vote 671,185 422,815
Percentage 29.14% 18.35%

PM before election

Mikuláš Dzurinda
SDKÚ-DS

Elected PM

Robert Fico
Smer-SD

Parliamentary elections were held in Slovakia on 17 June 2006.[1] Direction – Social Democracy emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 50 of the 150 seats. Its leader Robert Fico was appointed Prime Minister on 4 July 2006, leading a three-party coalition.[2]

Background[edit]

Originally the election was planned for 16 September 2006. However, on 8 February the government proposed calling an early election after the Christian Democratic Movement left the coalition government. This proposal was passed by the Parliament on 9 February and signed by the President on 13 February. For the first time Slovak citizens living abroad could vote, using absentee ballots. A total of 21 parties contested the elections.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Direction – Social Democracy 671,185 29.1 50 +25
Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party 422,815 18.4 31 +3
Slovak National Party 270,230 11.7 20 +20
Party of the Hungarian Coalition 269,111 11.7 20 0
People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia 202,540 8.8 15 –21
Christian Democratic Movement 191,443 8.3 14 –1
Communist Party of Slovakia 89,418 3.9 0 –11
Free Forum 79,963 3.5 0 New
Alliance of the New Citizen 32,775 1.4 0 –15
Social Democratic Alternative 14,728 0.6 0 0
Hope 14,595 0.6 0 New
Left Bloc 9,174 0.4 0 0
Union of the Workers of Slovakia 6,864 0.3 0 0
Civic Conservative Party 6,262 0.3 0 0
Slovak National Coalition–Slovak Reciprocity 4,016 0.2 0 New
Slovak People's Party 3,815 0.2 0 New
Agrarian and Countryside Party 3,160 0.1 0 New
Prosperity of Slovakia 3,118 0.1 0 New
Party of the Democratic Left 2,906 0.1 0 New
Mission 21–New Christian Democracy 2,523 0.1 0 New
Party of Civic Solidarity 2,498 0.1 0 New
Invalid/blank votes 32,778
Total 2,335,917 100 150 0
Registered voters/turnout 4,272,517 54.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, European Elections Database
Popular Vote
SMER-SD
  
29.14%
SDKÚ-DS
  
18.36%
SNS
  
11.73%
SMK
  
11.68%
HZDS
  
8.79%
KDH
  
8.31%
KSS
  
3.88%
SF
  
3.47%
ANO
  
1.42%
Other
  
3.20%

Aftermath[edit]

On 28 June Fico announced that the government coalition would consist of his Direction - Social Democracy party, together with the Slovak National Party and People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia. The Party of European Socialists criticized this decision because of nationalist statements of the leader of the Slovak National Party and subsequently suspended Direction's membership.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1747 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1757
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp1753-1754

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