A second round of a secret ballot election to choose the next General Prosecutor should not be organised, the Slovak parliament’s Constitutional Committee decided on May 19. One round was sufficient, according to the committee, when there was just a sole candidate who failed to receive a majority of votes, the SITA newswire wrote.
There were originally two candidates but Jozef Čentéš later withdrew his candidacy and Dobroslav Trnka remained as the only candidate. He failed to be elected, receiving the votes of only 70 MPs, with 29 abstentions and 34 invalid ballots.
Čentéš announced he is prepared to ask for the support of parliament in a future
election. He told SITA on May 19 that he would be a candidate if there is a public, recorded vote and he is asked to run. He added that he does not intend to table any
further conditions and said the only thing he is interested in is that the process is in line with the law and the constitution.
Čentéš apparently still enjoys the trust of coalition parties as they decided on May 18 to wait and see whether he would decide to run for the post in a public vote which Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík is planning to announce. Sulík said after the Coalition Council's meeting late on May 18 that if Čentéš decided to run, coalition caucuses will then discuss his nomination.
Čentéš is seemingly not the only potential coalition candidate for the post as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH), Ján Figeľ, said Čentéš does not enjoy the support of the entire coalition, the TASR newswire wrote.
When a journalist told Figeľ that it is only KDH that raised objections to Čentéš, Figeľ said that he should not be so sure about that. TASR wrote that if Čentéš managed to secure the nomination for the public, recorded vote he would not receive the vote of Pavol Abrhan, a KDH vice-chair.
Source: SITA, TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. May 2011 at 14:00