Slovaks to get referendum vote on MPs' immunity

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič will call a referendum initiated by the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party by July 9, the press department of the President's Office said on Tuesday, June 29, the TASR newswire reported.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič will call a referendum initiated by the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party by July 9, the press department of the President's Office said on Tuesday, June 29, the TASR newswire reported.

More than 30,000 sheets with 401,126 signatures were handed in on June 9 and examined by June 25. Of the total, 368,000 signatures were assessed as valid, with the remainder counted as void mainly due to missing, illegible or non-identifiable names.

The petition calling for a referendum sets out six questions for inclusion, and therefore meets the conditions required for a referendum to be called by the president. The six questions concern the abolition of television and radio licence fees, the curbing of MPs' immunity, a reduction in the number of MPs from 150 to 100, a maximum purchasing price for cars used by government officials, voting in elections via the internet, and removal from public officials of the “right to reply” established by the 2008 Press Code.

For the eventual referendum to be binding, at least 50 percent of the country's eligible voters will have to take part in it

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

A paraglider flies over a valley from the Martinské hole mountains.

The Slovak region compared to Tuscany is a big unknown

Set out on a trip to the Turiec region with a new Spectacular Slovakia podcast series.


17. jún

News digest: Slovak-Hungarian relationship has never been as good as now, Hungarian MFA says

Health Ministry fears spread of Delta strain from football match in Budapest. Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister refutes claims of a negative relationship with his Slovak counterpart. Read more in today's digest.


18. jún
Child-initiated play is a style of play where children choose how, where, and what they wish to play with.

Blog: Play is the child’s work

Learning through child-initiated play.


18. jún
Illustrative stock photo

Law change makes cannabidiol legal

CBD allowed in cosmetics, but off the menu for food products.


18. jún