The chair of Slovakia's Statistics Office, Ľudmila Benkovičová, said in Bratislava on March 19 that she rejects any possibility of forgery or foul play involving the results of this weekend’s presidential election. The first round of the presidential election will be held on Saturday, March 21 and a second round, if required, is scheduled for two weeks later on April 4.
“There have never been any questions regarding the manipulation of results at the level of the Statistics Office. They actually cannot be manipulated because we exclusively record the data brought to us by the chairs of district electoral commissions or the data that the relevant electoral commission signs for us,” Benkovičová pointed out.
She explained that all employees who take part in the processing of votes have sworn that they will work in keeping with the law and applicable legal regulations. Benkovičová also noted that the data regarding the vote is archived “so any violation of the law can be proven at any time, and no one would want to bear responsibility for that”.
Benkovičová also said that as long as the Statistics Office has been processing the results of elections there have been no complaints regarding any violations of the law.
The election for the highest constitutional official in Slovakia will be contested by seven candidates. There will be 5,919 local polling stations established for the election and they will be supervised by 50 district electoral commissions.
There are some 4.25 million eligible voters in Slovakia. Election officials expect the polling stations could be visited by some 188,000 first-time voters and that there are some 408,000 people now eligible to cast their first vote in a presidential election, which are held every five years. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Mar 2009 at 9:00