2019 Slovak presidential election

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Slovak presidential election, 2019

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  Robert Mistrik Portrait.jpg Štefan Harabin.jpg Béla Bugár.jpg
Candidate Robert Mistrík Štefan Harabin Béla Bugár
Party Independent, SaS, SPOLU Independent, NK Most-Híd

  Zuzana caputova.jpg MilanKrajniakWikifoto.jpg
Candidate Zuzana Čaputová Milan Krajniak Juraj Zábojník
Party PS SME RODINA Independent

  The President.-1516.jpg
Candidate Bohumila Tauchmannová Radovan Znášik Róbert Švec
Party Independent Independent Independent

President before election

Andrej Kiska
Independent

Elected President

TBD

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Presidential elections are scheduled to be held in Slovakia on Saturday, 16 March with the runoff on 30 March. The incumbent President Andrej Kiska won't run for a second term.

Rules[edit]

The President of the Slovak Republic is elected for a five-year term, and by popular vote since 1999. His role is limited, but not just ceremonial. The President has the power to nominate the Prime minister, to veto bills (unless confirmed by a two-thirds majority), and to nominate judges on the highest tiers of the judicial branch.

The President is elected through a two-round method.

For one's candidacy to be valid, the Constitution of Slovakia requires to collect 15,000 signatures of Slovak citizens, or the support of 15 of the 150 MPs in the legislature. However, the office is limited to two terms.

Background[edit]

Andrej Kiska was elected President in March 2014. He won the run-off with a large majority against then-Prime minister Robert Fico.

Polls indicated that he was Slovakia's most trusted politician and that he would have likely been the frontrunner in the election, had he chosen to present himself as a candidate.[1] However, Kiska announced on 15 May 2018 that he would not participate in 2019 presidential election, arguing that this move might end "the era of political confrontation" his country faced and citing a desire to spend more time with his family.[2] Kiska is notably pro-European[1].

He had originally planned to announce whether he runs for second term in September 2018.[3], but moved it on 15 May 2018.[4] Freedom and Solidarity had announced it would support Kiska's candidacy.[5]

Kiska's decision was already rumoured since February 2018, and as such, political parties had already started to look for candidates.[6][7]

Candidates[edit]

Declined to run[edit]

Name Party Occupation Notes
Andrej Kiska in Senate of Poland.jpg Andrej Kiska Independent 4th and current Slovak President [12]
Fico Juncker (cropped).jpg Robert Fico SMER-SD Former Head of Government of Slovakia [13]
Peter Pellegrini - 2015.jpg Peter Pellegrini SMER-SD Current Head of Government of Slovakia [14]
Miroslav Lajcak 2014 (11981540724).jpg Miroslav Lajčák SMER-SD Minister of Foreign Affairs [15]
EPP Summit March 2011 (53).jpg Iveta Radičová Independent Former Head of Government of Slovakia [16]
Andrej Danko.jpg Andrej Danko SNS Speaker of the National Council of Slovak Republic [17]
Boris Kollár We Are Family Member of Parliament and leader of We Are Family [18]
Imrich Béreš Independent Former Member of Parliament [19]
Marek Maďarič. jan. 2017.jpg Marek Maďarič SMER-SD Former Minister of Culture [20]

Withdrawn[edit]

Name Endorsing parties Occupation Announcement Withdrawal
Oskar Fegyveres Independent Witness in the kidnapping of Michal Kováč Jr. 31 May 2018.[21] Endorses František Mikloško

Confirmed candidates[edit]

Candidates who claimed that have collected 15,000 citizen signatures or have 15 MP signatures

Name Endorsing parties Occupation Announcement Signatures reached
MilanKrajniakPortrét.jpg Milan Krajniak We Are Family MP for We Are Family 31 May 2018[22] 11 August 2018[23]
Juraj Zábojník Independent Security analyst 19 February 2018[24] 13 August 2018[25]
Béla Bugár.jpg Béla Bugár Most-Híd MP
Leader of Most-Híd
9 June 2018[26] 6 September 2018[27]
The President.-1516.jpg Bohumila Tauchmannová Independent Businesswoman, civilian activist 1 March 2018[28] 19 September 2018
Zuzana caputova.jpg Zuzana Čaputová PS Advocate 29 May 2018[29] 14 October 2018
Štefan Harabin.jpg Štefan Harabin Independent
National Coalition
Former Chairman of the Supreme Court
Former Minister of Justice
18 April 2018[30][31] 15 November 2018[32]
Robert Mistrik Portrait.jpg Robert Mistrík Independent
SaS
SPOLU
Researcher 15 May 2018[33] 17 November 2018
Radovan Znášik Independent Former employee at the Ministry of Environment 4 September 2017[34] 19 November 2018
Maroš Šefčovič Senate of Poland 01.JPG Maroš Šefčovič SMER-SD Vice-President of the European Commission 14 January 2019.[35]
Róbert Švec Independent Leader of the Slovak Revival Movement 27 May 2018[36] 25 November 2018

Declared to run[edit]

Name Endorsing parties Occupation Announcement Signatures reached
Martin Daňo.jpg Martin Daňo Independent Investigative journalist 16 February 2018[37]
Eduard Chmelár 2009.jpg Eduard Chmelár Independent Polimetrician 23 April 2018[38]
Marian Kotleba.jpg Marian Kotleba Kotleba-ĽSNS Member of Parliament and Leader of the Kotleba-ĽSNS 31 May 2018[39]
František Mikloško 5660.jpg František Mikloško Independent, OKS[40] Former speaker of the National Council 6 June 2018[41]
Gabriela Drobova
Gabriela Drobová Independent CEO & Founder of FashionTV Czech&Slovak
Former presenter / producer on Markíza
16 September 2018[42]
József Menyhárt SMK-MKP Leader of the Party of the Hungarian Community 29 September 2018[43]

Potential[edit]

Name Party Occupation Notes
Marián Čaučík KDH Christian activist [44]
Gabriela Matečná SNS Minister of Agriculture [45]
Martina Lubyová SNS Minister of Education [46]
Minister zahranicnych veci Jan Kubis.jpg Ján Kubiš Smer-SD Former Minister of Foreign Affairs [47]

Opinion polls[edit]

First round[edit]

Date Agency Iveta Radičová Andrej Danko Veronika Remišová Igor Matovič Béla Bugár Marian Kotleba Štefan Harabin Milan Krajniak Maroš Šefčovič Peter Pellegrini Eduard Chmelár Robert Mistrík František Mikloško Zuzana Čaputová Martin Daňo Marian Čaučík Other/
Abstain
24 - 30 April 2018 Focus[48] 13.9% 12.1% 7.8% N/A 5.3% 5.0% 4.6% N/A 2.8% N/A 1.4% 1.0% N/A N/A N/A 0.5% 45.9%
August-September 2018 AKO[49] N/A 9.7% N/A 4.6% 8.6% 4.7% 8.8% 4.4% N/A 11.9% 10.8% 12.1% 7.1% 6.9% 2.7% 1.9% 5.8%

Kiska's Second term[edit]

This lists polls that asked people if they want Andrej Kiska as president for Second term.

Date Agency For Against
24 - 30 April 2018 Focus[50] 42.7 42.6

References[edit]

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  19. ^ "Imrich Béreš naznačil, že nebude kandidovať za prezidenta". aktuality.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  20. ^ "Marek Maďarič definitívne nebude kandidovať na prezidenta". dennikn.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 16 May 2018.
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  29. ^ "Právnička Čaputová ohlásila prezidentskú kandidatúru". sme.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Harabin potvrdil, že chce kandidovať na prezidenta". dennikn.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  31. ^ "Prečo som sa rozhodol byť národným kandidátom na prezidenta". youtube.com (in Slovak). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  32. ^ "Predseda združenia ktoré mi zbiera podpisy Marián Tkáč ma informoval, že potrebný počet podpisov už je vyzbieraný. Niekoľko párov dobrovoľníkov ešte zbiera na východe Slovenska podpisy do rezervy, ale nie v Michalovciach ani v Sobranciach" (in Slovak). Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  33. ^ "Vedec Robert Mistrík ohlásil kandidatúru na prezidenta". dennikn.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 15 May 2018.
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  39. ^ "Marian Kotleba ohlásil kandidatúru na prezidenta". aktuality.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  40. ^ Dostál: OKS vyjadruje podporu prezidentskej kandidatúre Františka Mikloška. Mikloško podporu prijal
  41. ^ "Do prezidentských volieb ide František Mikloško, kandidovať bude tretíkrát". dennikn.sk (in Slovak). Retrieved 6 June 2018.
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