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Gašparovič limits referendums to Saturdays

According to an amendment to the Referendum and General Election Act, signed on April 10 by Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič, referendums in Slovakia will only be held on Saturdays between 7:00 and 22:00.

The old rules didn't specify a particular day for referendums to take place, and they could even be held over two days. The new amendment is in line with the General Election Acts and applies to the Slovak Parliament, European Parliament and local authorities.

It also gives Slovaks without permanent residence in Slovakia the right to vote. District committees will include their names on the electoral roll and indicate this in their Slovak passports. However, prisoners will still not be allowed to vote.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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