In the case of disputed signature under the proposal to initiate an extraordinary parliamentary session on non-banking institutions, Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška said that the independent MP and presidential candidate Radoslav Procházka lied about his signature.

“These are lies and misinterpretations,” said Paška, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He stressed that Procházka signed the petition “in a non-standard way”, unlike the rest of 29 MPs. For a proposal to be debated at parliamentary session, it needs 30 signatures of MPs. Paška said that a proper signature is when it is written in block letters and then some unreadable scribble is added to it, the Sme daily wrote. Unlike others, Procházka only wrote his name in a readable form, without adding the scribble.

On December 9, opposition MPs led by independent Alojz Hlina tried to initiate an extraordinary session but failed, falling one signature short.

Paška also announced that Smer probably won’t support the special session even if the proposal passes – as he thinks that some MP would abuse the session for self-presentation. He also believes, according to TASR, that Hlina’s proposal for an extraordinary session is an attempt “to destroy the normal running of Parliament”.

Procházka considers Paska's decision not to convene the special session deliberate obstruction.

Procházka told Sme that the parliamentary office did not see any problem with his signature, until Paška voiced objection; then it changed the mind. The office confirmed they had originally understood the signature as Procházka’s will to summon the session, and only changed their mind after Paška called.

Hlina opined for Sme that the main reason for Smer’s reluctance is the upcoming Christmas holiday and the wish to have vacations rather than deal with citizens’ issues.

Hlina re-filed the proposal to summon the extraordinary session on December 10, and collected 40 opposition signatures, the SITA newswire wrote. He plans to hand them in the parliamentary office and so the session should be summoned within seven days, according to the law.

(Source: TASR, Sme, SITA)