NEWS IN SHORT

Mail ballots double for 2010 election

ALMOST 6,900 Slovaks living abroad plan to vote via mail in the June 12 parliamentary elections. The number has almost doubled from the 2006 elections, the ČTK newswire reported.

ALMOST 6,900 Slovaks living abroad plan to vote via mail in the June 12 parliamentary elections. The number has almost doubled from the 2006 elections, the ČTK newswire reported.

Spokesperson for Slovenská Pošta Juraj Danielis said that 540 voters had already returned their ballots from abroad and that the post office has sent out 6,731 priority letters and 154 standard letters to Slovaks living abroad who requested their ballots be sent to a foreign address.

The deadline for registering to receive a postal ballot was April 23. A ballot is then sent by the municipal office in which the person has permanent Slovak residence.

Slovak citizens with a permanent residence abroad could request a ballot from a specialised municipal office in Bratislava’s Petržalka district, which has received requests from over 400 Slovaks, down from 640 requests at the 2006 elections.

Every mail ballot delivered to the applicable municipal offices one day before the election, i.e. by Friday June 11, will be counted.

According to the latest statistics there are about 130,000 Slovaks working and living abroad, the ČTK reported, adding that many of them have complained that they find the process of voting by mail to be complicated and discouraging and would welcome the possibility to vote electronically or at Slovak embassies in foreign countries.


Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Who will take the swabs?

The government offers hundreds of euros to health care staff for testing. Curfew ends on Saturday for some. Take a look at testing sites and more.

PM Igor Matovič helped with testing in Tvrdošín.

People with negative tests can go to hairdresser or outdoor terraces

Those with a negative test result will have to follow rules introduced on October 15.

Companies fear drop in demand for their products and services the most

International chambers of commerce asked companies about their current situation as well as expectations.

Companies implemented anti-coronavirus measures.

The big testing: When and where to show up, and what if I don't want to? (FAQ)

Here is what we know about the practicalities of the nationwide testing so far. Testing also applies to foreigners and diplomats in Slovakia.

Pilot testing in Bardejov