SEVEN candidates were officially approved for the upcoming first round of the presidential election scheduled for March 21, the chairman of the Slovak Parliament, Pavol Paška, stated to the TASR newswire.
The first candidate to hand in the required petition lists was Dagmara Bollová on January 20. Two days later, the petition committee of František Mikloško handed in his lists. Incumbent president Ivan Gašparovič submitted his citizen’s lists on January 23, along with petitions of support from 40 MPs from two governmental coalition parties: Smer and the Slovak National Party (SNS).
On January 27, three more candidates submitted petitions – Milan Melník, the candidate of Movement for Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), Zuzana Martináková from Free Forum (SF) and Milan Sidor from the Communist Party of Slovakia (KSS).
The last candidate was Iveta Radičová who, on January 29, presented citizen petition lists as well as a petition signed by 15 MPs from three political parties: the Slovak Democratic Christian Union (SDKÚ-DS), the Christian Democrats (KDH) and the Party of Hungarian Coalition (SMK).
The commission responsible to checking the petition lists has noticed several curiosities on the lists, TASR reported. One of the candidates, for instance, was supported by a citizen named Láska (‘love’ in Slovak) who instead of filling in his or her permanent address wrote “I have no idea, but I really exist”.
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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