Slovakia: Voters hit the polls as anti-refugee PM Fico seeks third term

The first voters cast their ballots in Bratislava, Saturday, as the 2016 parliamentary election kicked off across Slovakia. Polling stations will remain open for the estimated 4.4 million eligible voters until 22:00 local time (21:00 GMT).
More than 2,800 candidates from 23 political parties are standing in the election bidding to win one of 150 seats in parliament.
Anti-migration Robert Fico, the incumbent prime minister, is seeking a third term in office. Ahead of the opening of the polls, Fico reportedly said he will not accept “one single Muslim” entering Slovakia, citing security concerns as his justification.
Some opinion polls indicate that Fico’s ruling Smer-Social Democracy party are set to lose their parliamentary majority that it secured in the 2012 elections.

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