On January 8, the Pravda daily wrote that Prosecutor General Dobroslav Trnka has filed a motion with the Constitutional Court that asks it to eliminate the Sk500,000 deposit a candidate or party must make before it can run for office.
Trnka wrote in the motion that the deposit limits politics to those who can afford it, whether personally or when supported by a wealthy party.
The deposit was introduced three years ago by Vladimír Palko of the KDH party, who said it was necessary to prevent frivolous candidates or parties from seeking office. However, Pravda noted that the elections in 1998 saw seven parties run for parliament, while in 2006, it grew to 21. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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