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Slovak regional elections set for November 14

Slovak elections for the top public offices in regional administrations (VÚC) will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 with a possible second round on November 28, 2009, the TASR newswire reported.

Slovak elections for the top public offices in regional administrations (VÚC) will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2009 with a possible second round on November 28, 2009, the TASR newswire reported.

The date was announced on July 2 by the Speaker of Slovak Parliament Pavol Paška (Smer). A possible second round will have to be announced by Paška only for those regions in which a candidate fails to get an absolute majority of votes.

Currently, Slovakia’s eight self-governing regions have 412 representatives and their number can be changed only 65 days before the elections at the latest. As the Slovak system is based on receiving a majority, a nominee who gets such a majority in his/her electorate obtains the mandate.

“I want to ask citizens to seriously consider their participation in the elections, as we have had a bad experience with the turnout in the past. Regions in Slovakia spend millions of euros and they do have vast powers,” Paška told TASR.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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