Vote 2010: TASR reports on voting at the polling stations in the Lunik IX housing project

Two precincts at the Košice housing project called Lunik IX which is inhabited primarily by Roma citizens were monitored by a three-member delegation of observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the TASR newswire reported, adding that the observers said that no irregularities in the balloting had emerged.

Two precincts at the Košice housing project called Lunik IX which is inhabited primarily by Roma citizens were monitored by a three-member delegation of observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the TASR newswire reported, adding that the observers said that no irregularities in the balloting had emerged.

However, TASR wrote that some voters took their unused ballots (only one of the provided 18 ballots is actually used by a voter, according to their choice of party) from the polling room.

“I can’t say what happens outside, as in the position of [election] chairman I am responsible for order in the polling room. I cannot rule out someone taking unused ballots out, but basically I have no means to prevent someone from doing this. Essentially, most of the people throw the unused ballots into the box which is placed here, in the room,” said Matúš Lemeš, the chairman of the District Election Committee at the polling place.

One of the voters at the polling place, Ján, age 45, told TASR that he thinks that some of the votes are bought. “Yes, they buy votes. They offer three euros, some wine. I see them coming down there. There are eighteen ballots, and they must show the spare seventeen in order to prove that they have cast the missing one”, he explained, adding that he came to cast his vote because he said he cannot live normally in this housing project.

“We have no chance here. We have water for one hour daily; we have to live without electricity. Where is the money that flows from the European Union? They do not give the money for Roma,” Ján stated.

Július Horváth also told TASR that he was voting for better conditions. “At least something should be for Slovakia, for the Roma, they should do at least something for those children who go to school, and for those who don’t work there should be jobs,” another voter, Adam Turták, told TASR.

According to voter registration data, there are 3,285 voters registered at the Lunik IX housing project and more than 12 percent had exercised their right to vote up until 11:00.

“We saw a siege in the morning, voters kept coming in waves, and thus they had to queue in front of the polling rooms. By now, the situation has calmed down,” Lemeš told TASR.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Economic restart after COVID-19 should be green

Slovakia’s plan for using money from the EU’s Recovery Fund, innovation potential and examples of green solutions and the challenge of renovating buildings are among the highlights of the latest Business Focus.

The Velux plant in Partizánske utilises 97 percent of waste from production.

Cabinet agrees on COVID screening

More details will be presented tomorrow.

Košice

More tips for outings in Bratislava during the lockdown

Walks along the Danube bank offer a feeling of being far from the city rush.

This place, part of Ovsištské Lúky (Ovsište Meadows) in Petržalka, is still Bratislava.

Roundup: Fairytale app that makes children read

An award-winning design by a Slovak architect and a trip to Zádielska dolina valley. Here’s your latest roundup.

A man wearing a face covering sits in an armchair on the snow-covered Main Street in Košice on January 13, 2021.