Fewer votes mean more seats in EP according to Slovak law

Miriam Lexmann was elected to be an MEP in the latest European elections -- but because of a questionable Slovak law, she will have to wait for Brexit to occupy her seat. 

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Fewer votes mean more seats in EP according to Slovak law - NewsMavens

Why this story matters:

The Slovak law that led to the Lexmann affair is widely considered so unacceptable that the matter is likely to end up in a constitutional court.

Because of Brexit, Slovakia got to elect one additional MEP, allowing Slovak voters to choose 14 instead of 13 candidates. The law stipulating that one MEP would need for Brexit to be formalized before officially becoming an MEP passed earlier this year without much scrutiny, but in hindsight many voters feel that it leads to an absurd result.

In practice, the law means that even if the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) received fewer votes than the Christian Democrats (KDH) -- Lexmann's party -- they will have one more MEP. Unfair? Very much so.

Details from the story:

  • Slovakia had the lowest turnout in the European Parliament elections in 2019. Only 22,7 percent of people voted.
  • SaS (Freedom and Solidarity) got fewer votes in the elections than KDH (Christian Democratic Movement) but was able to send its 2 MEPs to the European Parliament  right away, unlike KDH.
  • KDH announced they will probably file a complaint in the constitutional court.
  • Miriam Lexmann is a well-known Christian activist who was working as a Permanent Representative of the Slovak Parliament to the EU.
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