Expect low turnout before and unusual political alliances after November’s regional elections, as Slovak citizens and foreigners with permanent residence take to the polls to elect regional governors and parliaments. But parties opposing Smer’s dominance at the national level may yet try to use the elections as a sort of countervailing force, according to experts.
Four years ago just 22.9 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots in the elections for Slovakia’s eight regions, officially called “higher territorial units” or VÚC in the Slovak acronym.
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(Photo of Bardejov, Slovakia: Adriana Herbut/sxc.hu)