The result of the first round of the presidential elections did not bring many surprises. Robert Fico, prime minister and official candidate of Smer, will face independent candidate Andrej Kiska in the run-off of the election, scheduled two weeks from now, on March 29, the unofficial results suggest. Whoever gets the most votes in that run-off wins. The winner of the second round will replace Ivan Gašparovič, whose term expires on June 15.
Based on the unofficial results released by the Statistics Office, Fico won the first round of the election with 28 per cent of the vote, followed by Kiska with 24 per cent. Opinion polls have suggested this result for several weeks in the run-up to the election.
Independent candidates Radoslav Procházka and Milan Kňažko, who were also considered to have a chance of making it to the second round, fell out of the running. Procházka received 21.2 per cent of the vote, while Kňažko earned the support of 12.9 per cent of voters.
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