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10 November 2018: Local Elections in Slovakia

On 10 November 2018, local elections are to be held in Slovakia and foreigners who are older than 18 and have a permanent residence in Slovakia can vote too.

You do not need to register for voting; the town hall puts your name on the list automatically based on data submitted by the Foreign Police. In the instance they fail to do so, don't worry, the electoral committee will add your name when you go to cast your ballot after checking your Residence Card. You can vote only in your locality - and in Bratislava and Košice only in the borough where you have your permanent address, given the fact that apart from the Mayor of the city and the city council you also choose the mayor of that particular borough and its council.

So basically if you live in Bratislava and Košice you cast four ballots at once. One for the mayor of the city, one for the members of the city council, one for the mayor of the borough and one for the members of the borough's council. In case you're wondering how many members of these two councils you can choose, don't worry, it's written on the ballot.

Keep your eyes on the mailbox at your permanent address in the next few weeks because you should receive a letter from the local authorities informing you about the address of the polling station where you cast your ballot. The letter is sent per household, meaning it does not need to have your name on it so it can be addressed to your flat owner. Unfortunately the letter is in Slovak only. If you do not receive the letter, don't worry, you can still find the polling station by simply visiting the nearest school and checking whether your street is on their list. If not they should tell you where your voting station is located.

Once you found out where your polling station is, feel free to visit it on 10 November 2018 between 7am and 10pm local time. Once there, show your Residence Card to the member of the electoral committee on duty who checks your name on the list, gives you the four ballots if you vote in Košice or Bratislava, and only two if you vote anywhere else. You then go in the little booth, circle the number near the name of your favourite candidate for mayor of the locality and the borough if it applies- only one candidate for each. You do the same for the members of the councils, remember that the maximum number is mentioned on the ballot for each city or borough. For example if a council has 10 members you can chose a maximum of 10 candidates from the list, otherwise the ballot is declared void.

More information can be found on the website of the Radio Slovakia International: 

Basic information about the elections: https://enrsi.rtvs.sk/articles/economics-and-politics/175502/local-elections-guide-for-foreigners-episode-1 

Program topics of the candidates for the Mayor of Bratislava: 

Cycling: https://enrsi.rtvs.sk/articles/economics-and-politics/176137/local-elections-guide-for-foreigners-episode-2

Transport and Parking: https://enrsi.rtvs.sk/articles/economics-and-politics/176669/local-elections-guide-for-foreigners-episode-3

Greenery and Real Estate Development: https://enrsi.rtvs.sk/articles/economics-and-politics/177526/local-elections-guide-for-foreigners-episode-4

Social Services and Public Order: https://enrsi.rtvs.sk/articles/economics-and-politics/178255/local-elections-guide-for-foreigners-episode-5

Culture and Multiculturalism: http://enrsi.rtvs.sk/articles/economics-and-politics/178857/local-elections-guide-for-foreigners-episode-6 

 

Source: Radio Slovakia International

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