2020 Slovak parliamentary election
All 150 seats in the National Council
76 seats needed for a majority
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The next Slovak parliamentary election will be held on 29 February 2020. All 150 members of the National Council will be elected and the leader of the resultant government will become the Prime Minister.
Direction - Social Democracy has won 2016 election and formed a coalition government with nationalist Slovak National Party, inter-ethnic Most-Híd and centrist Network. Incumbent prime minister Robert Fico remained in office.
The 150 members of the National Council will be elected by proportional representation in a single nationwide constituency with an electoral threshold of 5% for single parties, 7% for coalitions grouping at least two parties. The elections uses the open list system, with seats allocated using the Hagenbach-Bischoff system. Voters will be able to cast up to four preferential votes for candidates on the list of the party they voted for.
All participating parties must register 90 days before election day and pay a deposit of €17,000, which will be refunded to all parties gaining 2% or more of the vote. All Slovak citizens are allowed to vote except for convicted felons in prison (only those who were convicted for serious offences), people declared ineligible to perform legal acts by court and citizens under 18 years of age. All citizens, who are 21 years of age or older and are permanent residents of Slovakia, are allowed to run as candidates except for prisoners, convicted felons and those declared ineligible to perform legal acts by court.
Voters not present in their electoral district at the time of the elections are allowed to request a voting certificate (voličský preukaz), which allows them to vote in any district regardless of their residency. Voters abroad on election day are allowed to request a postal vote. According to the Central Election Committee approx. 20,000 Slovak citizens abroad have requested a postal vote during the last election. The deadline for requests will pass on 10 January 2020.
Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Party of the Hungarian Community (SMK-MKP) were two parties, which couldn't pass 5 percent threshold to the parliament but further gained more than 4% (KDH got 4,9 percent, while SMK-MKP got 4,1 percent). KDH lost all of its 16 seats while SMK-MKP haven't gained any. Leader of the KDH, Ján Figeľ, announced his resignation few days after 2016 election. He was then replaced by Alojz Hlina on 11 June 2016. Leadership of SMK-MKP, which was led by József Berényi was replaced by József Menyhárt on 11 June 2016.
On 12 August 2016, incumbent leader of coalition party Network (SIEŤ), Radoslav Procházka, announced that he had no further intention to lead his party after a disastrous result in the election. A day later on 13 August at the party convention, it was decided that the new leader of the party would be Roman Brecely, his fellow party member and incumbent minister of transportation. He was the only candidate to stand up for the post although he didn't intend to run for the office.
On 15 March 2018, Robert Fico announced his resignation as Prime Minister of Slovakia which the President Andrej Kiska accepted. Peter Pellegrini, currently Deputy Prime Minister for Investment & Informatization, has become the new Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic. Fico has remained the leader of Direction – Social Democracy, and kept his parliamentary mandate. Pellegrini's cabinet was appointed on 22 March 2018.
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