Opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Iveta Radičová has rejected any notion that she had committed fraud by voting on behalf of her fellow SDKÚ MP Tatiana Rosová in parliament on Tuesday, April 21.
She told the TASR newswire that it was a human error on her part for which she has apologised.
“Rosová was rapporteur for an important law concerning first-year pupils [of primary schools] and forgot her voting card. She publicly revealed how she intended to vote, and I panicked under time pressure,” said Radičová, who pushed Rosová's voting button. Asked how she will react if urged by parliament’s Mandate and Immunity Committee to give up her MP’s mandate, Radičová said that she is confident that committee lawmakers will be able to tell the difference between an error and cheating.
By the same token, she doesn't think that this error should stop her from heading the SDKÚ candidacy list at the 2010 parliamentary elections. “I don't see any reason for that. I haven't committed any fraud,” she reiterated.
It was Mandate and Immunity Committee chair Renáta Zmajkovičová who alerted the legislature to the case. Deputy Speaker of parliament Miroslav Číž urged Zmajkovičová to take action on the matter, saying that voting for a colleague is a serious breach of session rules.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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