Slovakia’s Constitutional Court issued a provisional ruling on June 15 indicating that the parliamentary vote on a new general prosecutor should be held only after the court decides on the merits of the case before it – whether it was constitutional for the voting method to be changed from a secret ballot to an open, recorded ballot, the TASR newswire reported.
The panel of judges at the Constitutional Court, led by Ivetta Macejková, suspended the validity of the newly-amended Act on Parliament's Rules of Procedure. The acting General Prosecutor Ladislav Tichý had challenged the constitutionality of that action. The court’s ruling means that the parliamentary vote scheduled for June 17 will likely be cancelled.
Speaker of Parliament Richard Sulík reacted by saying that he respected the court’s provisional ruling. Sulík's secretary, Tatiana Tóthová, told TASR that the speaker would not give further comments at the moment as he had not received the ruling. It is unclear now whether the June 17 parliamentary session, which was to feature the GP vote, will take place.
The coalition candidate for the post, Jozef Čentéš, confirmed to TASR that he would run for the post even if the vote was secret. He said that his decision to withdraw his candidacy on May 13 had nothing to do with the manner of voting but rather with suspicions of corruption during the GP vote in December. A week after Ćentéš withdrew his bid the criminal investigation into the alleged corruption was terminated.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Jun 2011 at 10:00