The vice-chair of the Slovak National Party (SNS), Anna Belousovová, charged that Béla Bugár, a Deputy Speaker of Parliament from Most-Híd, was pushing the voting buttons for Parliamentary Speaker Richard Sulík (SaS), at the parliament’s session on Tuesday, September 7, the TASR newswire wrote.
“I saw how Mr. Bugár pushed the buttons of the voting device that contained the inserted card of Mr. Sulík. I'd like to bring this case to the attention of the mandate and immunity committee as a violation of the Parliamentary Code,” said Belousovová to TASR. She recalled the case in the previous parliament when former SDKU MP Iveta Radicova voted for her fellow MP Tatiana Rosová. Subsequently, Radicova, the current Prime Minister, gave up her MP mandate.
Sulík told Belousovová that Bugar was only attempting to fix the broken voting device. “We pushed every button on it to see whether it would come to life. I knew it was dead, but Béla Bugár wanted to find out for himself if it was really dead,” Sulík said.
Bugár said in reaction that Belousovová is only trying to get attention. “We didn't vote. We only tried to get to the root of the technical problem. I'm a technician by profession; I studied at a technical university. If you want, I can repair yours without problem too,” Bugár told Belousovová.
He also added that SNS MPs also know how to sign in for each other on the attendance sheet, alluding to a past incident when SNS MP Rafael Rafaj signed for absent SNS chairman Ján Slota.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Sep 2010 at 14:00