The Roma Initiative of Slovakia (RIS) withdrew its one-person slate for this Saturday’s elections for the European Parliament (EP). This means that instead of 17 political parties running in these elections in Slovakia, there will be only 16, the SITA newswire wrote.
The RIS also recalled its chairman Alexander Patkoló from the Central Election Committee (ÚVK) for the EP elections. The ÚVK discussed this matter at its Monday, June 1, session. The vice-chairperson of the ÚVK, Dagmar Skačanová, told the SITA newswire that the RIS chairman filed an application to withdraw.
According to the secretary of the ÚVK, Lívia Škultétyová, the Act on Elections permits such a step. It says that 48 hours before the elections – at the latest – parties can withdraw their slate through their principal. The ÚVK chairman must be informed about this step and such an act cannot be later withdrawn. Thus, she said there will not be a RIS slate on the ballot on Saturday and even if there was, votes for this party will not be taken into account. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Jun 2009 at 15:00