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Presidential election in Slovakia set for March 21

The Speaker of Parliament, Pavol Paška (Smer-SD) announced the date for this year's presidential election at a press conference on January 8.

The Speaker of Parliament, Pavol Paška (Smer-SD) announced the date for this year's presidential election at a press conference on January 8.

The election will be held on Saturday, March 21 with a run-off on April 4 if no candidate receives a majority vote. These are third direct presidential elections in Slovakia. Candidates have not yet been officially announced.

The Speaker of the Parliament proclaims candidates for the presidential post if they meet the requirements set by law. The law requires a person to collect 15,000 signatures from citizens on a petition or fifteen signatures from members of parliament to run for the presidency, according to news wire SITA.

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