The state-run postal services company Slovenská Pošta (SP) declined to distribute 41,000 election leaflets for Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) parliamentary candidate Szabolcs Hodosy. The leaflets were written in Hungarian and were to have been delivered to households in the Dunajská Streda district in southern Slovakia.
"I consider this action monstrous and a kind of discrimination," Hodosy stated, as quoted by the SITA newswire.
Slovenská Pošta responded that it could refuse to distribute items according to its business terms in the event that leaflets were not in accordance with its business interests. Hodosy stressed that the delivery was not intended for state authorities and was not a service in the public interest, but a paid product. In its statement, SP complained that its business should not be drawn into politics. "It is not true that SP refused to distribute any election leaflets for political reasons," Slovenská Pošta spokesman Juraj Danielis stated.
On Monday, SP workers did not dispatch election leaflets pending an opinion from the company's legal department on whether distribution of leaflets written in only in Hungarian was in accordance with the State Language Law. "With regard to the fact that the wording of the Act on State Language is not explicit and enables various interpretations, SP decided to proceed with distribution," Danielis said. The leaflets are now ready to be delivered to their destination localities and SP has apologised to its client for the one-day delay. Meanwhile, Hodosy had leaflets distributed door-to-door by activists.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Jun 2010 at 14:00