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Opposition MPs want secret vote for RTVS head, coalition prefers it recorded

Opposition MPs approached by the TASR newswire on January 30 said the vote to select the director-general of Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) should be a secret ballot while representatives of the governing coalition want a recorded vote. Smer MP Dušan Jarjabek wants to promote the secret vote in Parliament.

Opposition MPs approached by the TASR newswire on January 30 said the vote to select the director-general of Radio and Television Slovakia (RTVS) should be a secret ballot while representatives of the governing coalition want a recorded vote.

Smer MP Dušan Jarjabek wants to promote the secret vote in Parliament.

"This looks to me as the most honest and fair with respect to the 17 candidates," Jarjabek said. According to the Slovak National Party’s (SNS) vice-chair, Rafael Rafaj, a secret vote is a better option than a recorded one. "If we want to have the merged television and radio managed by a professional, I see better chances for this in a secret vote," said Rafaj.

The Christian Democratic Movement’s (KDH) Pavol Abrhan expects that coalition MPs will come up with a proposal that the vote should be recorded, saying the parliament’s Media Committee should hold a session within a few days and make a recommendation to parliament.

Tomáš Galbavý from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) said that people have a right to see what decisions their representatives in parliament make. He wants to see a person with moral authority and a clean past in the RTVS post and hopes that he or she will be representative of the entire political spectrum. Most-Híd caucus leader László Solymos prefers a recorded vote and expects that the coalition will come to an agreement on this.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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