Twenty-six political parties registered by the Central Election Committee for the upcoming parliamentary elections entered the official pre-election campaign on Saturday, February 18. They will now be officially allowed to present their goals in the broadcast media, the TASR newswire reported.
According to the Slovak Election Law, the official campaign in the broadcast media starts 21 days before the parliamentary elections. The public broadcaster, Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), has to allocate 30 minutes for each political party, with no more than ten hours of broadcasting time in total. Another ten hours are set aside for discussion programmes. Moreover, RTVS is obliged to broadcast a message before airing the spots of political parties in order to distinguish them clearly from other programmes.
Because an election moratorium does not apply to parliamentary elections in Slovakia, campaigning will continue up to and throughout the day of election. But the results of opinion polls taken during election day may not be published during the day.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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