Presidential elections will be conducted in Slovakia during March. President Ivan Gašparovič is to be replaced, since he has served his second and last permitted successive term. Among the popular candidates for the presidential seat, is incumbent Prime Minister Robert Fico from the ruling Social Democratic Smer party. Smer received 44% of the votes in 2012 and is still leading the polls.
However, if Fico is running, Smer has to present a reliable and strong candidate to replace him as Prime Minister. The right wing opposition consists of several small parties proposing different opposition candidates. Pavol Hrušovský has the most significant support. She has been proposed by the Christian Democratic Movement and Most-hid, but failed to achieve support from SDKÚ-DS. Several other candidates from the small right wing parties are running also running. If Fico is not running, the election turnout will be difficult to foresee.