Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

Jan 20 deadline for absentee ballots

THOUSANDS of Slovaks living abroad have less than two weeks to take action if they want to vote in the March parliamentary elections. Slovaks living abroad must submit a request to the municipal office in their town of permanent residence or, if they have no Slovak address, to Bratislava’s Petržalka district office by January 20 if they want a ballot for the March 10 election, the Sme daily reported.

THOUSANDS of Slovaks living abroad have less than two weeks to take action if they want to vote in the March parliamentary elections. Slovaks living abroad must submit a request to the municipal office in their town of permanent residence or, if they have no Slovak address, to Bratislava’s Petržalka district office by January 20 if they want a ballot for the March 10 election, the Sme daily reported.

It has been estimated that around 400,000 of two million Slovaks living abroad have maintained their Slovak citizenship but in the past two elections very few of them voted. In the 2010 parliamentary elections only 0.22 percent of those living abroad and eligible to vote actually did so.

Vladimír Skalský, the chairman of the World Association of Slovaks Living Abroad (SZSZ), told Sme that Slovaks are restricted from participating in the elections by bureaucratic procedures and the necessity to send their request to vote 50 days before the election. “At that time there is not much information about the elections and many people miss this deadline,” he told Sme.


Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).