THE SUPREME Court has ruled that the Roma Christian Democratic
Movement must be registered for the upcoming elections to the European Parliament, the news wire SITA wrote.
The Central Election Commission for the EP elections had refused to register the candidate list of the Roma party because the party’s elections deposit of Sk50,000 (€1,250) was not received on time.
Roma official Rudolf Botka said that the movement had paid through a bank by the deadline and it was the bank that had failed to fulfil the payment order.
On April 15, the commission registered candidate lists of 16 political parties, coalitions, and civil associations out of the 18 candidate lists presented to the Interior Ministry.
The commission did not approve the candidate lists of the coalition of nationalist forces SNS-SNJ-PSNS and the Roma Christian-Democratic Movement. Both non-registered groups filed appeals to the Supreme Court.
Direct elections to the European Parliament have been held in the European Union in five-year intervals since 1979. Slovakia will hold the historic first elections of its 14 representatives to the European Parliament on June 13.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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21. Apr 2004 at 10:14