- Interesting information. I thought each state would be pressing it's
own agenda. I'm certain that's true but I hadn't given much thought
to cooperation between political factions for a common goal.
Low turnout in EP elections awaited
Sun 13 Jun 04, 14:24 Slovensko.com
Six weeks after the enlargement of the European Union, the citizens
are voting for the new European Parliament. Slovakia, along with 18
other member states, holds the elections on Sunday 13 June 2004.
Almost six thousand polling stations in Slovakia opened at 7am and
will close at 10pm.
There are 17 political parties and movements running in the EP
elections. Citizens have to choose one of them and eventually mark
one candidate to receive a preferential vote. There are 14 places
reserved for Slovakia in the European Parliament, which is less than
two percent in the total number of 732 deputies.
The turnout in the elections seems to be low and numbers below 25%
are awaited. This is one of the lowest awaited results in the 25
countries along with the neighboring Czech Republic. One possible
reason of low turnout is the "distance to Brussels", several
politicians say. Many people believe, that the 14 deputies would have
no influence in the parliament to defend the interests of the Slovak
People apparently do not realize the fact, that the deputies in the
European Parliament are grouped by political factions instead of
nations. Communists, greens, radicals, socialists, liberals,
conservatives and rightists have all their individual factional
interests and try to reach an agreement on different Europe-wide
issues with other factions. Defending only the national interests
would transform the parliament into 25 different-sized groups of
deputies waving their national flags.
Actually, a voter in Slovakia has much higher influence in the
European Parliament than a German or a French voter. With a
population of 5.4 million and 14 deputies, one deputy represents less
than 400,000 inhabitants of Slovakia. In Germany, 82 million people
are represented by 99 deputies, which makes over 820,000 inhabitants
per deputy, or more than twice as much as in Slovakia. The highest
values vote in the European Union is in Luxembourg, where less than
The unofficial results of the EP elections are awaited tonight.
Official results of the whole European Union will be known when all
countries announce their winning candidates. Next EP elections are
planned for 2009 and probably Romania and Bulgaria will participate