Bratislava, Slovakia – Although there are still almost two years before the next parliamentary elections in Slovakia, the country is preparing for another important political event in 2022: local elections will be held in the autumn to elect political representatives in more than 1,000 cities and municipalities.
The last municipal elections of 2018 were dominated by independent candidates – many of whom were only nominal – who received more than 40% of the vacancies.
One of them was Matúš Vallo, an independent candidate supported by the PS-Spolu coalition and an architect by training who was elected mayor of Bratislava thanks to his ad hoc platform of experts Team Vallo.
With a view to his re-election at the end of the year, Vallo announcement the creation of the new local political party Team Bratislava.
Joining forces with the SaS and Progressive Slovakia parties to win the mayoralty, the new movement said it wanted to continue changing Bratislava for the better in the image of what has been done over the past four years and prevent parties stronger to bring Bratislava back to the ‘old ways’ of doing things.
“The fight to keep Bratislava won’t be easy,” Vallo said recognized.
So far, no one else has announced their candidacy to challenge the incumbent mayor, but more established parties are expected to take on the capital’s mayoralty.
Vallo’s new party has already started collecting the 10,000 signatures needed to register, with campaign stands set up all over Bratislava. To learn more about their program, you can visit their official website.
By Szymon Grzegorzek