THE FIRST round of Slovakia’s presidential election, held on Saturday, March 21, threw up one or two surprises.One voter in the town of Stupava, in western Slovakia, reportedly wanted to cast his ballot for the president of the United States, Barack Obama.
Another wanted to see the chairman of Slovakia’s Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS) political party, Vladimír Mečiar, moving into the presidential palace, the SITA newswire wrote.
Mečiar was not a candidate for the presidency in the 2009 election; however, in the previous election he was the main opponent of the current president, Ivan Gašparovič.
“One lady at the seniors' home demanded that she be allowed to elect Mr. Mečiar as the next president,” Beáta Tomkovičová, a member of the Stupava electoral commission told SITA.
In the other case, election officials explained to the voter that he was being asked to elect Slovakia's president and that Obama could not become its head of state.
30. Mar 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports