The 2017 County Election in Slovakia – A Night of Surprises Cover Image

A meglepetések éjszakája – A 2017-es szlovákiai megyei választások
The 2017 County Election in Slovakia – A Night of Surprises

Author(s): Szabolcs Mózes
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Social Sciences, Sociology, Government/Political systems, Electoral systems, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Politics and Identity
Published by: Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet
Keywords: Slovakia;county election;Hungarian Community;Hungarian ethnic minority;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this paper is to introduce and analyse the results of the 2017 county-level local elections. The election produced many surprises. For example, the participation of voters was much higher than expected, the winner of the elections became the right-wing opposition, the Smer party lost many important positions, and the radical Marian Kotleba was not able to hold his post as the head of the self-governing Banská Bystrica region. The election reflected the ongoing tendency of strengthening independent candidates. The struggle between Hungarian political forces was won by the Party of the Hungarian Community (MKP-SMK), which earned almost four times more seats than the Most- Híd party. However, the Hungarian candidates were mainly successful in the regions with Hungarian ethnic majorities, and in the ethnically mixed regions the level of Hungarian political representation decreased.

  • Issue Year: 2/2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 49-68
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Hungarian