President Gašparovič voted in referendum after all

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič participated in the referendum that took place in Slovakia on September 18, while he cast his vote at 9:50 pm, shortly before the polling stations were closed, presidential spokesman Marek Trubač told the press.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič participated in the referendum that took place in Slovakia on September 18, while he cast his vote at 9:50 pm, shortly before the polling stations were closed, presidential spokesman Marek Trubač told the press.

Gašparovič admitted that he had known he would participate already when he proclaimed the referendum on July 7, even though he sees the plebiscite as a political marketing of the SaS party.

"I don't think it would be logical for me not to go vote, as I was the one who proclaimed it (the plebiscite)," he said as quoted by TASR newswire adding that he chose to keep his decision to participate a secret because Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) has thrown his name into its political campaign.

The referendum failed on low turnout: it reached 22.84 percent, far less than the 50 percent needed for the vote to be valid.

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