PRESIDENTIAL candidates Iveta Radičová and Zuzana Martináková have both said they want to amend the law on presidential elections.
“Now, before the election, it makes no sense [to change it],” Radičová told the TASR newswire. “But after the elections, regardless of the result, I will initiate a change – either as president or personally, as an MP.”
Martináková agreed that the law is absurd. Studied in detail, it proves to be a law that prevents people from getting to know the presidential candidates, while its whole purpose should be to enable people to do so, she said. Her campaign, she said, will observe the law, although she finds it limiting and frustrating.
The candidates’ main objection is to the length of the official campaign, which the law restricts to 13 days. But in fact, as long as candidates have not been officially approved by parliament the law does not apply to them, TASR wrote.
“I turned to top lawyers and they confirmed that if a candidate campaigned non-stop for four years and then, after official registration, interrupted their campaign and continued only two weeks before the elections, it does not represent a violation of the law,” Radičová told TASR.
Thursday January 29 was the deadline for prospective candidates to hand in their applications to parliament which then has until February 5 to decide on the validity of each candidate’s registration.
The candidates registered so far are Dagmar Bollová (independent), František Mikloško (Conservative Democrats of Slovakia) and Ivan Gašparovič (incumbent president). Applications have also been presented to parliament by Milan Melník (Movement for a Democratic Slovakia), Zuzana Martináková (Free Forum), Milan Sidor (Communist Party of Slovakia) and Iveta Radičová (joint candidate of all the parliamentary opposition parties).
2. Feb 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff from press reports