The participation of Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová, Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík and President Ivan Gašparovič in Slovakia’s referendum held on September 18 was an exercise in humiliation for these high-ranking political officials, said political analyst Rastislav Tóth on Sunday, September 19, the TASR newswire wrote.
“They have identified with the stance of approximately 20 percent of people which is very humiliating for the Slovak political elite,” he said to TASR. “Many people know that the Constitution reduces a referendum to a very expensive opinion poll. That's because it's not binding either for government or for parliament ... so nothing has to be done after the announcement the results (of the plebiscite),” said Tóth, who said he was not surprised by the 22.84-percent turnout.
Political analyst Michal Horský stated that Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, which initiated the seventh plebiscite in Slovakia's history, is a clear winner. He thinks that despite the low turnout of 22.84 percent – far less than the 50 percent needed for the vote to be valid – SaS obtained the support of a much bigger group of people in comparison with the number of its voters at the last parliamentary election.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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20. Sep 2010 at 14:00