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With elections six weeks away, only three parties publish programmes

Six weeks prior to the parliamentary elections, only three parties have given potential voters a chance to read their election programmes - The Christian Democratic Party (KDH), the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the Slovak National Party (SNS).

Political scientist Miroslav Kusý says that early elections are not an excuse for being late with the election prgrammes, the daily SME wrote.

"A party must have an election programme prepared which it only fine-tunes. If the party does not have one, it obviously does not consider it important enough," said Kusý.

In a recent MVK poll conducted for SME, 36 percent of respondents said that party programmes are not decisive in the elections.

Therefore, politicians assume that people are not interested.

Smer's Dusan Caplovic thinks that voters do not really read the programmes unless they are published in a brief form. According to him, election programmes are rather for political analysts and sociologists.

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) plans to adopt its programme on May 13 and will not publish it until then.

According to Robert Kotian, his party, the Free Forum will publish its election programme by the end of the week.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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