2009 Slovak presidential election

Presidential elections were held in Slovakia in March and April 2009, the country's third direct presidential elections. After no candidate received a majority of the vote in the first round on 21 March, the second round on 4 April saw Ivan Gašparovič become the first Slovak president to be re-elected, defeating opposition candidate Iveta Radičová by 55.53% to 44.47%.[1]

2009 Slovak presidential election

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  Ivan Gašparovič.jpg Iveta Radičová 1.jpg
Nominee Ivan Gašparovič Iveta Radičová
Party Independent SDKÚ-DS
Popular vote 1,234,787 988,808
Percentage 55.53% 44.47%

2009 Slovak presidential election - Second Round Vote Strength.svg
Results of the second round, showing vote strength by district.

President before election

Ivan Gašparovič
Independent

Elected President

Ivan Gašparovič
Independent

First roundEdit

There were seven candidates for the first round, which was held on 21 March:[2]

Gašparovič and Radičová advanced to the second round, winning 46.7% and 38.1% of the first round votes, respectively.[3] Slovak women tended to be more supportive of Radičová.[3]

Second roundEdit

In the second round of elections, held on 4 April, Gašparovič received 1,234,787 votes (55.5%), winning election.[4] Radičová received 44.5% of the vote. After the election, Gašparovič said, "I am glad I can be standing here today with the prime minister and the speaker of the parliament ... The [election] is the most direct evidence that people trust us."[4]

Voter turnoutEdit

Voter turnout was 43.6% in the first round and 51.7% in the second round.[5] Voter turnout among women slightly increased in both the first and second rounds of the election, which was attributed to Radičová's candidacy.[3]

ResultsEdit

 
Results of the first round of the election, showing vote strength by district.
 
Results of the second round of the election, showing vote strength by district.
 
Results of the first round of the elections - municipality level.
CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Votes%Votes%
Ivan GašparovičSmer, SNS, HZD876,06146.711,234,78755.53
Iveta RadičováSDKÚ–DS, SMK, KDH, OKS713,73538.05988,80844.47
František MikloškoConservative Democrats of Slovakia101,5735.42
Zuzana MartinákováFree Forum96,0355.12
Milan MelníkMovement for a Democratic Slovakia45,9852.45
Dagmara BollováIndependent21,3781.14
Milan SidorCommunist Party of Slovakia20,8621.11
Total1,875,629100.002,223,595100.00
Valid votes1,875,62999.102,223,59599.21
Invalid/blank votes17,0400.9017,7670.79
Total votes1,892,669100.002,241,362100.00
Registered voters/turnout4,339,33143.624,339,33151.65
Source: IFES, IFES

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Slovakia Re-Elects President in Runoff Ballot". Associated Press. April 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-02-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ a b c Zora Bútorová, Jarmila Filadelfiová & Oľga Gyarfášová, "Towards Gender Equality in Slovakia?" in Gendering Post-socialist Transition: Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives (eds. Krasimira Daskalova, Caroline Hornstein Tomić, Karl Kaser & Filip Radunović: LIT Verlag, 2012), p. 269.
  4. ^ a b "Slovak president wins re-election in a boost for PM". Reuters. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  5. ^ Grigorij Mesežnikov, Miroslav Kollár & Michal Vašecka, "Slovakia" in Nations in Transit 2010: Democratization from Central Europe to Eurasia (ed. Lisa Mootz: Freedom House, 2010), pp. 483-84.

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