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Court rejects complaint by Smer MPs

THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court has rejected a complaint brought by MPs from the opposition Smer party who argued before the court that their constitutional rights had been violated in parliament’s secret ballot vote on December 2 to select a general prosecutor. A panel of the court dismissed the complaint by saying it was lodged by a person without proper standing and was also groundless.

THE CONSTITUTIONAL Court has rejected a complaint brought by MPs from the opposition Smer party who argued before the court that their constitutional rights had been violated in parliament’s secret ballot vote on December 2 to select a general prosecutor. A panel of the court dismissed the complaint by saying it was lodged by a person without proper standing and was also groundless.



The complaint was delivered to the Constitutional Court on December 3. A group of 55 deputies from Smer, led by former prime minister and current deputy speaker of parliament Robert Fico, said their fundamental rights and freedoms and their right to participate in administration of public affairs through a secret ballot were violated when some MPs took photos of their ballot papers along with an attached MP’s ID card in order to have evidence of how they had voted, while other MPs came to cast their ballots in pairs, the SITA newswire wrote.

Fico reacted that he had expected such a ruling from the Constitutional Court, saying he had already stated his concern about whether the initiator of the complaint had legitimate standing to submit such a complaint, the Sme daily wrote.


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