As the presidential race to the elections on 15 March heats up, the first polls are starting to outline how they might turn out, with no major surprises as yet. Current Prime Minister Robert Fico leads the way in first spot with a whopping 40% according to a fresh poll carried out by the Focus agency for public broadcaster RTVS.
The predictions are clear, that the ever popular Robert Fico will most likely steamroll the first round, but probably not enough to get an outright majority, which would prevent a second round from taking place. Second place according to the Focus poll, carried out on just over 1,000 respondents, went to entrepreneur and founder of the Good Angel charity, Andrej Kiska, but with a long way to go as only 13% of the vote was attributed to him.
Kiska could therefore be the main contender against Fico in the second round, but other strong rivals include actor Milan Knazko (11.8%), long-term faithful of the Christian Democratic Party (KDH) Pavol Hrusovsky (8.2%) and Slovakia’s youngest ever presidential candidate, MP Radoslav Prochazka (formerly with KDH, now independent – 7.7%), SME daily reports.
Some forecasts expect the second round to be close, regardless of who would be competing against Fico, as the votes of the other 13 candidates who were knocked out in the first round are expected to rally behind Fico’s rival in the second round.
The presidential elections are expected to cost the country around EUR 11 million.