Preliminary party spending published

ACCORDING to preliminary data published by the Finance Ministry, the ruling Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and the opposition Smer have so far spent the most money on their election campaigns.

While Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda's SDKÚ has spent nearly Sk24 million so far, Smer has spent almost Sk19 million, the SME daily wrote.

The money has gone primarily towards billboards and other forms of political advertising.

Most political parties took loans from commercial banks to finance their campaigns. The SDKÚ took a loan from Istrobanka, while Smer drew money from Privatbanka, owned by the Austrian Meinl Bank.

According to the preliminary data, the opposition Movement for a Democratic Slovakia of former Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar has run a particularly modest campaign this year, taking only a Sk3 million loan from a certain Tibor Michálek of Kysuce.

The preliminary report covers party spending between February 15 and May 17. After the elections, parties will have to submit another report on their total election spending.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.


Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.