Ordinary People (Slovakia)

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Ordinary People and
Independent Personalities

Obyčajní Ľudia a nezávislé osobnosti
Leader Igor Matovič
Founded 28 October 2011
Headquarters Bratislava
Membership  (2015) 4[1]
Ideology Conservatism[2][3]
Christian democracy
Political position Centre to Centre-right[4]
European affiliation European Christian Political Movement
International affiliation none
European Parliament group European Conservatives and Reformists
Colours Light green
National Council
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European Parliament
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Ordinary People (Slovak: Obyčajní Ľudia), full name Ordinary People and Independent Personalities[5] (Slovak: Obyčajní Ľudia a nezávislé osobnosti, OĽaNO), is a conservative[6] political party in Slovakia. It ran four candidates on the list of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party in the 2010 parliamentary election to the National Council, and all four were elected. The party is led by Igor Matovič, one of the four MPs.

The four Ordinary People MPs were Igor Matovič, Erika Jurinová, Martin Fecko, Jozef Viskupič.[7] OĽaNO sat in the National Council with the SaS and signed an agreement with the SaS that its members could not cross the floor to another group. In June and July 2010,[7] it was rumoured that OĽaNO would refuse to back the programme of the new centre-right coalition,[8] which included Freedom and Solidarity, and whose majority depended on Ordinary People.[9]

In August 2010, Matovič said that it was not the right time to become an independent party.[9] However, on 28 October 2011, Ordinary People filed a formal party registration, while Matovič announced that the party would compete in 2012 parliamentary election as a separate electoral list, of independents and representatives of the Civic Conservative Party and the Conservative Democrats.[2] In the 2012 election the party came in third place overall, winning 8.55% of the vote and 16 seats.[10]

In the 2014 European elections, OĽaNO came in fourth place nationally, receiving 7.46% of the vote and electing 1 MEP.[11]

In the 2016 Slovak parliamentary election, the Ordinary People is received 11,03% votes in Slovakia and got 19 politicians in the Slovak Parliament.