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Referendum petition has almost half of required signatures

The Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) has collected 168,571 citizen signatures by August 16 requesting a referendum which would provide, among other things, the chance for citizens to decide on cancelling TV and radio license fees, limiting political immunity and reducing the number of members of Slovak parliament, the SITA newswire wrote.

The Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) has collected 168,571 citizen signatures by August 16 requesting a referendum which would provide, among other things, the chance for citizens to decide on cancelling TV and radio license fees, limiting political immunity and reducing the number of members of Slovak parliament, the SITA newswire wrote.

To call for a referendum, however, it needs many more signatures. On August 19, the party will collect signatures in Bratislava centre. The signature-collecting activity, called Referendum 2009, is organised by a petition committee which intends that citizens would decide on six issues together in a referendum, SITA was told by the general manager of SaS, Jana Kiššová.

The party would like to collect of the 350,000 needed signatures by the end of the year, so that in January 2010 it can ask the Slovak president to call the referendum.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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