Opposition former presidential candidate, MP Iveta Radičová, was accused of voting in the name of another MP - fellow SDKÚ deputy Tatiana Rosová - in parliament on April 21 by the head of the Slovak Mandate and Immunity Committee, Renáta Zmajkovičová (a member of the governing Smer party).
“She [Radičová] was talking about decency, morals, ethics and was offering her clean hands in her presidential campaign. Today, she voted for another MP. Such a fraud did not happen during the last parliament, nor during previous ones,” Zmajkovičová stated. The Smer MP raised objections after the vote, questioning how Rosová could have voted given that she was presenting a proposal at the speaker’s desk at that time, and did not have a voting card with her. The electronic voting device in parliament had registered a vote by Rosová.
“It was an error and Iveta Radičová is sorry for this,” her assistant Pavol Gmitter told the TASR newswire. The Slovak Mandate and Immunity Committee will most likely deal with the incident, as the rules of procedure do not allow voting on another MP’s behalf, Zmajkovičová said. The head of the session, Miroslav Číž (Smer), called on Zmajkovičová to investigate this case, stating that voting on behalf of another MP represented a grave breach of the rules. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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22. Apr 2009 at 10:00