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 needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Robert Fico crop.jpg DzurindaMik2.jpg Zilina P6112384-selection.jpg
Leader Robert Fico Mikuláš Dzurinda Ján Slota
Party Smer–SD SDKÚ-DS SNS
Last election 25 seats 28 seats 0 seats
Seats won 50 31 20
Seat change Increase25 Increase3 Increase20
Popular vote 671,185 422,815 270,230
Percentage 29.14% 18.35% 11.73%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Béla Bugár.jpg Vladimir meciar.jpg Pavol Hrušovský 2011.jpg
Leader Béla Bugár Vladimír Mečiar Pavol Hrušovský
Party SMK ĽS–HZDS KDH
Last election 20 seats 36 seats 15 seats
Seats won 20 15 14
Seat change Steady 0 Decrease 21 Decrease 1
Popular vote 269,111 202,540 191,443
Percentage 11.68% 8.79% 8.31%

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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