Slovakia’s Statistics Office, which processed the results of the parliamentary election in June, has vehemently rejected the allegations made by Ján Slota, the chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS) regarding manipulation of the results, according to a statement released by the Statistics Office to the TASR newswire on Saturday, October 16.
Representatives of the Statistics Office said they view Slota's statements as being politically motivated. "All the protocols of the regional and district electoral commissions are archived and the election results can be verified any time," reads the statement.
Slota told TASR earlier on Saturday that he has information indicating that the election was not carried out in a proper manner. Slota said the alleged election fraud involved manipulation of the software on the central computer, stating "you're asking me why we didn't complain to the Constitutional Court? We learned about this from certain circles ... well from the services, to be blunt ... from people who are in our so-called secret services. And afterwards, nobody was interested in looking at this issue again," he stated. "We don't have any relevant evidence."
Slota claimed that indirect proof that the information is true comes from the fact that "vote-counting by 135 local electoral committees showed a difference between manual counting and the results of the Central Electoral Commission (UVK) which were processed by computer".
The SNS chair added that his party made the mistake of not placing representatives in every electoral commission in order to carry out its own parallel counts.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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18. Oct 2010 at 14:00