On Tuesday, October 26, the Slovak Parliament decided not to dismiss three members of the Slovak Radio Council, the governing body of public broadcaster Slovak Radio. Thus, Alexander Koreň, Eva Jaššová and Stanislav Háber remain members of the council, despite questions being raised about their impartiality.
Deputies voted in a secret ballot with 135 valid votes returned from the 138 ballots distributed. In order to dismiss a member of the Slovak Radio Council, a simple majority is required. The initiative for their dismissal came from Fair-Play Alliance, a political ethics watchdog, and was tabled by two MPs from Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), Jana Kiššová and Jozef Viskupič. They objected to the fact that the Slovak Radio Council members stood as parliamentary candidates in the June general election.
Parliament also elected one candidate as a disciplinary court judge in a secret ballot: Viliam Pohančeník, who had been nominated by Most-Híd caucus leader László Solymos. Following the secret ballots, Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík ended the seventh parliamentary session. He remarked, as quoted by the SITA newswire, that a new record might have been set, as only eight people, including Sulík himself, were present when he announced the results of the votes. The next session of parliament will start on November 3.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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27. Oct 2010 at 14:00