Andrej Kiska wins slovak presidential runoff
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-30 15:35:24 | Editor: Fu Peng

 

SLOVAKIA-BRATISLAVA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION-RESULT

Ludmila Benkovicova (R), chairman of the Statistical Office of Slovakia, announces the official results of the second round of the presidental elections 2014. Philanthropist Andrej Kiska has won Slovakia's presidential runoff, the Statistics Office announced on Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Andrej Klizan)

BRATISLAVA, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Philanthropist Andrej Kiska has won Slovakia's presidential runoff, the Statistics Office announced on Sunday morning.

Kiska garnered 59.38 percent of the vote, compared with 40.61 percent for his closest rival Robert Fico, according the official results of the second round of the presidential election, which was confirmed by the Central Electoral Commission (UVK).

The voter turnout in the second round stood at 50.48 percent, which was roughly 7 percentage points higher than the turnout recorded in the first round on March 15.

According local new agency TASR, the highest turnout was recorded in the electoral district of Senec (Bratislava region), where it stood at 60.88 percent.

Conversely, the poorest figure was posted for the electoral district of Trebisov (Kosice region) with 38.78 percent.

"From the point of view of the Interior Ministry, the election was peaceful," said UVK's Eva Chmelova, adding that they didn't record any disturbances.

Statistics Office head Ludmila Benkovicova said the results of the vote were processed by the Office in a professional manner and was without problems.

During Kiska's first press conference as newly-elected Slovak president on Saturday night, he promised to return "trustworthiness" to the post of president, and will represent all decent people in the country.

"I've promised to be a president of all citizens and that I'll connect and motivate people," Kiska said. "Slovakia is a country of amazing people, and it's only up to us to use everything we have to be able to be proud of our country, to make young people want to live here and feel good."

Robert Fico also congratulated Kiska on his victory in the run-off.

Kiska, the third directly-elected President of Slovakia, is due to be sworn in on June 15, when the five-year term of incumbent President Ivan Gasparovic expires.

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