2009 European Parliament Election in Slovakia
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2009 European Parliament Election in Slovakia

European Parliament election in Slovakia, 2009

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13 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout19.64

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Slovakia was the election of the delegation from Slovakia to the European Parliament in 2009.

The turnout, although increased compared to the previous election, was 19.63%, the lowest of any nation involved in the election.

Results

PartyVotes%+/-Seats+/-
Direction - Social Democracy264,72232.02+15.125+2
Slovak Democratic and Christian Union - Democratic Party140,42616.98-0.122-1
Party of the Hungarian Coalition93,75011.34-1.9120
Christian Democratic Movement89,90510.87-5.332-1
People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia74,2418.98-8.061-2
Slovak National Party45,9605.56+3.541+1
Freedom and Solidarity39,0164.72New0New
Green Party17,4822.11New0New
Conservative Democrats-Civic Conservative Party17,4092.11+1.0900
Communist Party of Slovakia13,6431.65-2.8900
Free Forum13,0631.58-1.6800
Party of the Democratic Left5,1580.62New0New
Agrarian and Countryside Party3,7210.45New0New
Mission 21 - Christian Solidarity Movement3,5150.43New0New
Democratic Party2,3980.29New0New
League, Civic-Liberal Party2,3730.29New0New
Total826,782100.00-13-1
Valid votes826,78296.87
Invalid/blank votes26,7513.13
Total votes853,533100.00
Registered voters/turnout4,345,77319.64
Source: Volby

Division of seats

The system of dividing seats to the different lists is somewhat different in Slovakia, compared to some other countries. Firstly the election authorities count the total number of valid votes for parties who have gained more than 5% of the total. In this case there were 709004 such votes (85.75% of the total). This number is divided by 14 (13 seats plus one) to create the RVC (republic election number) or quota, in this case 50643 (6.13% of all valid votes cast). Parties are assigned one seat for the number of times they fill the quota. At this initial stage 5 seats were awarded to SMER, 2 to SDKU, 1 to SMK, 1 to KDH and 1 to HZDS leaving 3 seats still unfilled.

In Slovakia's system of proportional representation, the parties needing the fewest votes to get to their next quota are given the remaining seats. In this case those seats went to SMK, KDH and SNS. This is described in more detail at https://web.archive.org/web/20091119032933/http://www.volbysr.sk/volbyep2009/sr/tab4_en.html

In the D'Hondt method of proportional representation (as used for example in British Euro elections), the quota is progressively reduced until it reaches a number at which the correct number of candidates is elected. If this system had been applied in Slovakia, it would have resulted in the quota being reduced to 45960 (5.55% of the total), with the remaining 3 seats going to SDKU, SMK and SNS.

Awarding of seats to candidates

Each voter who voted for a party was also allowed to select two candidates from that party. The seats were awarded to candidates in order of the number of preference votes they received, provided that they received preferences from at least 10 percent of all the voters who chose the particular party.[1]

Direction - Social Democracy (SMER)

List Ranking Name Valid Preferential Votes
1 Boris Zala 102940
2 Vladimír Ma?ka 42885
3 Monika Fla?íková - Be?ová 107097
4 Monika Smolková 15830
5 Katarína Neve?alová 4378
6 Alexander Kurtanský 5221
7 Peter Hanulík 10202
8 Gabriela Ke?ké?ová 3838
9 Peter Markovi? 4793
10 Jozef ?trba 5964
11 Vladislav Petrá? 1905
12 Svetlana Pavlovi?ová 12095
13 Milan Magát 3241

Monika Fla?íková - Be?ová, Boris Zala and Vladimír Ma?ka were awarded seats they had the most personal preference votes and had received those votes from at least 10 percent of SMER's voters. The remaining seats were awarded on the basis of the party list ordering, the fourth seat going to Monika Smolková, (who was also coincidentally in fourth place in terms of personal preferences) and the fifth seat going to Katarína Neve?alová (who was actually tenth in order of personal preference votes).

Slovak Democratic and Christian Union - Democratic Party (SDKÚ-DS)

List Ranking Name Valid Preferential Votes
1 Eduard Kukan 80244
2 Peter astný 41847
3 Milan Ga?a 11613
4 Pavol Kubovi? 3955
5 Jarmila Tká?ová 5250
6 Zita Ple?tinská 13386
7 Juraj ?vá? 3098
8 Marián Török 2829
9 Júlia Hurná 2354
10 Eugen Szép 855
11 Alexander Slafkovský 4411
12 ?tefan Mikula 1534

Eduard Kukan and Peter astný were awarded seats they had the most personal preference votes and had received those votes from at least 10 percent of the SDKU's voters.

Party of the Hungarian Coalition (SMK)

List Ranking Name Valid Preferential Votes
1 Edit Bauer 39721
2 Alajos Mészáros 20652
3 Attila Lancz 5358
4 Sándor Albert 12380
5 Szabolcs Hodosy 11139
6 Zoltán Bara 6398
7 Gábor Klenovics 2297
8 Zsuzsanna Andrássy 4863
9 Pál Banai Tóth 3674
10 Béla Keszegh 7746
11 Csaba Cúth 4581
12 Július Slovák 2918
13 Gergely Agócs 3021

Edit Bauer and Alajos Mészáros were awarded seats they had the most personal preference votes and had received those votes from at least 10 percent of the SMK's voters.

Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)

List Ranking Name Valid Preferential Votes
1 Martin Fronc 15861
2 Ján Hudacký 17730
3 Anna Záborská 43356
4 Miroslav Mikolá?ik 29764
5 Ján Van?o 2486
6 Peter Len? 1087
7 Renáta Ocilková 2078
8 Pavol Kossey 3655
9 Martin Hladký 711
10 Martin Kraj?ovi? 888
11 Martin Kalafut 600
12 Jozef Bobík 2100
13 Ján Morovi? 1288

Anna Záborská and Miroslav Mikolá?ik were awarded seats they had the most personal preference votes and had received those votes from at least 10 percent of the KDH's voters.

People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (?S-HZDS)

List Ranking Name Valid Preferential Votes
1 Sergej Kozlík 41 990
2 Peter Baco 21226
3 Irena Belohorská 22948
4 Ivana Kapráliková 2147
5 Diana ?trofová 1950
6 Ján Kovar?ík 1711
7 Jaroslav Jadu? 1399
8 Jaroslav ?a?o 2952
9 Pavol Kri?tof 1150
10 Beáta Sániová 955
11 Jana Kandrá?ová 1093
12 Igor Li?ka 893
13 Ladislav Koko?ka 851

Sergej Kozlík was awarded the seat as he had the most personal preference votes and had received those votes from at least 10 percent of HZDS's voters.

Slovak National Party (SNS)

List Ranking Name Valid Preferential Votes
1 Du?an ?vantner 9292
2 Jaroslav Pa?ka 12981
3 Vladimír ?e?ot 3737
4 Daniel Kla?ko 2929
5 Tatiana Poliaková 2156
6 ?tefan Zelník 3691
7 Rafael Rafaj 10277
8 Emil Vestenický 914
9 Augustín Jozef Lang 333
10 Vladislav Bachár 207
11 Roman Stopka 965
12 Ján Stanecký 835
13 Stanislav ?e?ko 1492

Jaroslav Pa?ka was awarded the one SNS seat, as he had the most personal preference votes and had received those votes from at least 10 percent of the SNS's electors.

The overall effect of preference voting and the 10% rule

Of the 13 candidate elected, 11 were elected due to the number of personal preference votes they were given, and 2 were elected due to their positions on the party lists.

The 11 candidates elected due to personal preferences included 3 (KDH's Anna Záborská and Miroslav Mikolá?ik as well as SNS's Jaroslav Pa?ka) whose list positions did not in themselves justify a seat so could be said to have been elected solely by preferential voting. The remaining 8 candidates (SMER's Boris Zala, Vladimír Ma?ka and Monika Fla?íková - Be?ová, the SDKU's Eduard Kukan and Peter astný, the SMK's Edit Bauer and Alajos Mészáros as well as the HZDS's Sergej Kozlík) all would have been elected anyway if there was no preference voting in the system (as in some other member states) and the party list ordering had been used alone. It is important to note however, that these 8 people would not have been elected if their personal voters had chosen other candidates, so they were not in any way guaranteed seats as a result of their list positions.

The two candidates elected due to their positions on the party lists were from SMER. One (Monika Smolková) would also have been elected due to her personal preferences if the 10 percent rule had not been in operation but the other (Katarína Neve?alová) was elected solely as a result of her position on the party list.

See also

http://www.statistics.sk/volbyep2009/sr/tab3.jsp?lang=en[permanent dead link]

References

  1. ^ [1] Archived 18 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine "Results of preferential voting" National Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic

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