There is more polling analysis to come, but I want to post some more immediate evidence of the campaign: campaign billboard photos taken by Martin Votruba of the University of Pittsburgh and his brief commentary.
Martin Votruba writes:
Here are my renditions/explanations rather than regular translations:
SF = A circle for # 80 (preferential voting?); [we] thank you; Decent life, here and now
SNS = Slovak Government for the Slovaks; We vote for SNS
SNS = We are Slovaks! We vote for SNS
SDKU = What’s at issue is [freely: the/our goal is] quality education and strong economy
SDKU = What’s at issue for us is [freely: "our goal is"] a successful Slovakia
Smer = Towards [facing] people. ["In people’s direction"]
KDH = For real values. For family. For you.; For a decent life in Slovakia.
HZD = The President trusts us. Vote for his program!
ANO = She? Yes/ANO!!! Separation of Church(es) and state
ANO = She? Yes/ANO!!!; A thirteenth pension [to be paid each December]
I don’t have any by HZDS at the moment, but I saw a few. They’re harder to read from a passing car because they have a bit (just a bit) more text than the ones I include, and rather than people, they show some cartoon character(s) like from an animated commercial.
I find the layout of all these ads strikingly ( boringly) similar, and their overwhelming emphasis on faces rather than slogans somewhat unexpected since people are asked to vote for a party, not for their own local candidate: I’m not sure to what degree some of the faces are widely recognizable. Overall, I consider the ones by ANO more inventive than the others, although not by much since their layout is equally uninventive. But they at least have that word play (ona/ano) with their female candidates.