Thousands of high school students participated in European mock elections

On May 14, 2014, Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in cooperation with high schools around Slovakia organized the second student mock elections this year (after Student Presidential Elections in March 2014).

The European mock elections were carried out according to the same rules as ordinary elections and took place in 62 high schools in all regions of Slovakia. Students could vote for one of 29 running political parties and could cast their preferential vote for two party's candidates. Almost 14-thousand Slovak students aged 15+ had a chance to vote 10-days before the real elections in the European Parliament. 

Official elections results 

The mock elections saw the engagement of 6,175 voting students from 13,498 eligible voters. The overall turnout climbed to 45.75 percent.

The winner of mock European elections was the ruling party Smer-SD (11.5 %) followed by non-parliamentary Peoples’ Party Our Slovakia (10.8 %). Both parties would take three mandates. Two mandates would obtain each of following three parties: OĽaNO, SaS and KDH (8.7% and 6.7% and 6.2%, respectively). One seat would go for the party SMS headed by the popular former ice-hockey player Golonka. 

While six successful partied obtained 50.2 % of ballots, as many as 49.8 % of votes were cast for parties which did not reach the 5-% quorum. Preferential voting for candidates attracted much attention - students circled up to two thirds of all possible candidates. 

In the mock elections, high school students sent to the EP the following thirteen personalities:

  • Smer-SD (Smer – Social Democracy): Maroš Šefčovič, Monika Flašíková-Beňová, Katarína Neveďalová
  • ĽS NS (Peoples’ Party Our Slovakia): Martin Kotleba, Vladimír Hagara, Ivan Bielik
  • OĽaNO (The Ordinary People Movement): Jozef Viskupič, Branislav Škripek
  • SaS (Freedom and Solidarity): Richard Sulík, Lucia Nicholsonová
  • KDH (Christian Democratic Movement): Anna Záborská, Miroslav Mikolášik
  • SMS (Party of Modern Slovakia): Jozef Golonka

Regional distribution of schools participating in the mock election

Elections results (in %)

Mandates for political parties

MPs elected by students

Official results for download

Press release: Complete results of Student European Elections in Slovakia (pdf, only in Slovak)

Presentation: Students European Elections in Slovakia 2014 (pdf, only in Slovak)

Press conference

Institute for Public Affairs announced the official results of Student mock European elections on a press conference on May 16th. 

From the left: Miroslav Kollár, leader of the project (IVO), Zora Bútorová, sociologist (IVO) and Ingrid Ludvíková (Representation of European Commission in Slovakia).

See how the voting day looked like in schools (Photo Gallery)


The elections were carried out also in high school in Banská Štiavnica.

The elections in Dunajská Streda.


Selected media coverage (in foreign languages)

V4 Revue 
Lucia Najšlová:
Lies, Silence and Resignation in the Slovak EP Election Campaign

Kotleba népszerű a fiatalok körében

Europee, sondaggio IVO: agli studenti delle superiori piacciono i partiti di estrema destra

Mock EU elections reveal that Slovak students sympathize with extremist far-right party

Népszerű a fiatalok körében a neonáci vezető


Slovak highschool voters would send extremists to the EP


Project Partners

- Nadácia Intenda (Intenda Foundation)

- Zastúpenie Európskej komisie v SR (Representation of the European Commission in Slovakia)


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