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2016 Parliamentary Elections in Slovakia and the Political Parties of Ethnic Hungarians
2016 Parliamentary Elections in Slovakia and the Political Parties of Ethnic Hungarians

Author(s): Iván Halász
Subject(s): International relations/trade, Electoral systems, Inter-Ethnic Relations
Published by: Lucidus Kiadó
Keywords: Sovakia, parlamentary elections 2016; hungarian minority; hungarian political parties

Summary/Abstract: On Saturday 5 March 2016, Slovakian voters went to the polls again. Since the first free elections after the political changeover, this was the ninth occasion that citizens could express their will in this way. In Slovakia, formed on 1 January 1993, this was the seventh election for the 150-member unicameral Parliament (i.e. the National Council) in Slovakia. On the other hand, this was the third occasion since the 2009 schism of the political parties representing the Hungarian minority in Slovakia that each of them competed on its own (2010, 2012, 2016). Although there have been some minor amendments and corrections during the past quarter of a century, the election system of Slovakia has shown a remarkable stability since 1992. In other words, its fundamental rules have not undergone any significant modifications. It is still a proportionate election system in which voters can cast their votes for party lists nominated by the individual political parties and movements. The threshold of entrance is 5%, but it shows a growing trend in the case of electoral coalitions. Currently, the whole country is a single constituency, so each party drafts a national list.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 88-104
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English