March general election could cost €8.6m

The general election on March 10 is expected to cost up to €8.6 million, the Central Electoral Commission (ÚVK) announced on Tuesday, January 31.

The general election on March 10 is expected to cost up to €8.6 million, the Central Electoral Commission (ÚVK) announced on Tuesday, January 31.

The costs depend on the number of local members of electoral commissions attending at each polling station – nine people on average are expected to attend at each station. There are almost 6,000 polling stations and 26 parties running in the election. They can each demand representation in the commissions, which can raise the number of commission members rapidly. The stipend for every member equals €37.21 for one voting day, which represents the biggest item in the ÚVK’s list of expenses.

ÚVK record-keeper Lívya Škultétyová told the TASR newswire that there 2,967 candidates are running in the election, of whom 778 are women. The number of printed ballot papers will be 119 million (weighing 540 tonnes), with 4.7 million envelopes (42 tonnes) and other printables. In addition, there are 8,018 voters who want to send their ballots via the postal service (729 of them with permanent residency abroad). Candidate lists have also been provided in Braille.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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