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Parliamentary elections to last one day

INSTEAD OF having two days to cast their ballots, this year Slovaks will have only one day - June 17 - on which to vote in parliamentary elections. Every previous round of parliamentary elections in Slovakia lasted for two days.

Interior Minister Martin Pado told the TASR news wire that the June 17 elections would be held under a new election law.

"Voting will be simpler in terms of arrangements, financing and fairness. No rigging will be possible," he said.

Another change enables Slovak citizens to send in their ballots by mail.

"The law offers this option to citizens who do not have a permanent address in Slovakia, as well as those who do live here, but will be out of the country on election day," Pado said.

Voting by mail has been discussed by the Ministry of Transport, Post and Telecommunications, the Foreign Ministry and Slovak Post. In the coming days, the Interior Ministry will explain the rules of this form of voting to mayors and municipal employees.

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