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2009 Slovak presidential election

2009 Slovak presidential election

← 2004 21 March 2009 (first round)
4 April 2009 (second round)
2014 →
Turnout43.62% (first round)
51.65% (second round)
Nominee Ivan Gašparovič Iveta Radičová
Party Independent SDKÚ-DS
Popular vote 1,234,787 988,808
Percentage 55.53% 44.47%

President before election

Ivan Gašparovič

Elected President

Ivan Gašparovič

Presidential elections were held in Slovakia in March and April 2009, the country's third direct presidential elections. After no candidate received a majority of the vote in the first round on 21 March, the second round on 4 April saw Ivan Gašparovič become the first Slovak president to be re-elected, defeating opposition candidate Iveta Radičová by 55.53% to 44.47%.[1]

First round

There were seven candidates for the first round, which was held on 21 March:[2]

Gašparovič and Radičová advanced to the second round, winning 46.7% and 38.1% of the first round votes, respectively.[3] Slovak women tended to be more supportive of Radičová.[3]

Second round

In the second round of elections, held on 4 April, Gašparovič received 1,234,787 votes (55.5%), winning election.[4] Radičová received 44.5% of the vote. After the election, Gašparovič said, "I am glad I can be standing here today with the prime minister and the speaker of the parliament ... The [election] is the most direct evidence that people trust us."[4]

Voter turnout

Voter turnout was 43.6% in the first round and 51.7% in the second round.[5] Voter turnout among women slightly increased in both the first and second rounds of the election, which was attributed to Radičová's candidacy.[3]


First round results by municipality
CandidatePartyFirst roundSecond round
Ivan GašparovičSmer, SNS, HZD876,06146.711,234,78755.53
Iveta RadičováSDKÚ–DS, SMK, KDH, OKS713,73538.05988,80844.47
František MikloškoConservative Democrats of Slovakia101,5735.42
Zuzana MartinákováFree Forum96,0355.12
Milan Melník [sk]Movement for a Democratic Slovakia45,9852.45
Dagmara BollováIndependent21,3781.14
Milan Sidor [sk]Communist Party of Slovakia20,8621.11
Valid votes1,875,62999.102,223,59599.21
Invalid/blank votes17,0400.9017,7670.79
Total votes1,892,669100.002,241,362100.00
Registered voters/turnout4,339,33143.624,339,33151.65
Source: IFES, IFES

Results by region

First round

Region Gašparovič Radičová Mikloško Martináková Melník Bollová Sidor
Bratislava Region 33.21 52.60 6.75 4.74 1.62 0.84 0.56
Trnava Region 37.80 49.90 4.73 4.08 1.64 1.28 0.57
Trenčín Region 57.23 26.17 4.59 5.98 3.38 1.44 1.21
Nitra Region 43.29 45.24 3.70 4.23 1.92 0.91 0.72
Žilina Region 56.22 26.10 6.75 5.53 3.15 1.23 1.02
Banská Bystrica Region 51.09 35.80 3.18 5.22 2.23 1.23 1.23
Prešov Region 52.52 27.15 8.55 5.75 2.75 1.20 2.09
Košice Region 42.26 41.97 5.00 5.37 2.92 1.06 1.43
Total in Slovakia 46.71 38.05 5.41 5.12 2.45 1.13 1.11
Cities 42.20 42.54 5.61 5.35 2.11 1.09 1.06
Villages 52.28 32.49 5.16 4.82 2.86 1.19 1.16

Second round

Region Ivan Gašparovič Iveta Radičová
Bratislava Region 38.80 61.20
Trnava Region 42.17 57.89
Trenčín Region 70.76 29.24
Nitra Region 46.07 53.93
Žilina Region 70.52 29.48
Banská Bystrica Region 59.32 40.68
Prešov Region 66.54 33.46
Košice Region 50.69 49.31
Total in Slovakia 55.53 44.47
Cities 50.73 49.27
Villages 61.29 38.71


  1. ^ "Slovakia Re-Elects President in Runoff Ballot". Associated Press. April 5, 2009.
  2. ^ "B92 - News - Politics - Slovak presidential hopefuls mull Kosovo". Archived from the original on 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  3. ^ a b c Zora Bútorová, Jarmila Filadelfiová & Oľga Gyarfášová, "Towards Gender Equality in Slovakia?" in Gendering Post-socialist Transition: Studies of Changing Gender Perspectives (eds. Krasimira Daskalova, Caroline Hornstein Tomić, Karl Kaser & Filip Radunović: LIT Verlag, 2012), p. 269.
  4. ^ a b "Slovak president wins re-election in a boost for PM". Reuters. 2009-04-05. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  5. ^ Grigorij Mesežnikov, Miroslav Kollár & Michal Vašecka, "Slovakia" in Nations in Transit 2010: Democratization from Central Europe to Eurasia (ed. Lisa Mootz: Freedom House, 2010), pp. 483-84.
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