Slovak presidential election, 2004

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Slovak Presidential election
Slovakia
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  Ivan Gašparovič.jpg Vladimir meciar.jpg
Nominee Ivan Gašparovič Vladimír Mečiar
Party HZD ĽS–HZDS
Popular vote 1,079,592 722,368
Percentage 59.9% 40.1%

President before election

Rudolf Schuster
Nonpartisan

Elected President

Ivan Gašparovič
HZD

Presidential elections were held in Slovakia on 3 April 2004, with a second round on 17 April.[1] Although former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar received the most votes in the first round, he was defeated by Ivan Gašparovič in the run-off.[2]

The result was surprising because nobody expected Eduard Kukan to be eliminated in the first round. He polled 1st prior the first round with over 30% support. Ivan Gašparovič himself didn't expect to qualify for the second round as he went home to sleep and found out about his success only when he was waken up by phone calls of his friends.[3]

Incumbent president Rudolf Schuster came fourth with 7% of the vote and was eliminated in the first round. He then retired from politics.[4]

Results[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Vladimír Mečiar People's Party – Movement for a Democratic Slovakia 650,242 32.7 722,368 40.1
Ivan Gašparovič Movement for Democracy 442,564 22.3 1,079,592 59.9
Eduard Kukan Slovak Democratic and Christian Union 438,920 22.1
Rudolf Schuster Independent 147,549 7.4
František Mikloško Christian Democratic Movement 129,414 6.5
Martin Bútora Independent 129,387 6.5
Ján Králik Party of the Democratic Left 15,873 0.8
Jozef Kalman Left Bloc 10,221 0.5
Július Kubík Independent 7,734 0.4
Jozef Šesták Independent 6,785 0.3
Stanislav Bernát Independent 5,719 0.3
Ľubo Roman Alliance of the New Citizen 1,806 0.1
Invalid/blank votes 29,675 26,347
Total 2,015,889 100 1,828,307 100
Registered voters/turnout 4,204,899 47.9 4,202,597 43.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, European Election Database, Our Campaigns

Opinion polls[edit]

Date Agency Rudolf Schuster Eduard Kukan Vladimír Mečiar Ivan Gašparovič Martin Bútora František Mikloško Ľubo Roman Ján Králik Jozef Kalman Jozef Šesták Stanislav Bernát Július Kubík
11 - 17 Feb 2004 Focus[5] 17.5 27.5 23.1 13.7 6.1 4.7 5.4 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.4 0.1
9 Mar 2004 OMV[6] 15.5 27.9 22.4 15.8 6.3 6.7 3.4 0.6 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.2
16 - 22 Mar 2004 Markant[7] 9.7 30.3 23.3 19.7 5.5 4.4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
27 Mar 2004 OMV[8] 13.0 27.0 24.2 17.1 6.5 8.7 1.1 0.8 0.8 0.2 0.4 0.2
3 Apr 2004 First Round 7.4 22.1 32.7 22.3 6.5 6.5 0.1 0.8 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1747 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, pp1755-1756
  3. ^ "Voľby 2004: Gašparovič doma spal, úspech nečakal". Sme.sk. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ TA3, TA3.COM (4 April 2004). "Televízia TA3 | Rudolf Schuster bol prvým priamo zvoleným prezidentom". TA3.com (in Slovak). Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Preferencie kandidátov na prezidenta SR" (PDF). Focus Research. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "OMV: Kukan by vyhral | Slovensko | Hospodárske noviny - Denník o ekonomike a financiách". HN Online. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "PRIESKUM: Prezidentskí kandidáti do 2. kola sa nemenia - [ volebný infoservis ]". www.infovolby.sk. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Preferencie prezidentských kandidátov podľa OMV". Sme.sk. Retrieved 22 December 2016.