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ÚVK: 53 candidates have left party slates

Former judge and current Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Jana Dubovcová, who was recently elected as the new national ombudswoman by parliament, has withdrawn her candidacy for the March 10 general election. The Central Electoral Committee (ÚVK) was informed that Dubovcová was withdrawing from the slate because the post of ombudsman requires the occupant to be apolitical.

Former judge and current Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Jana Dubovcová, who was recently elected as the new national ombudswoman by parliament, has withdrawn her candidacy for the March 10 general election. The Central Electoral Committee (ÚVK) was informed that Dubovcová was withdrawing from the slate because the post of ombudsman requires the occupant to be apolitical.

Fifty-three candidates have so far withdrawn from the various party election slates, with the highest number, 29, leaving the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) slate. Party leader Igor Matovič, who has insisted that certain candidates take lie-detector tests, indicated earlier that the number of candidates leaving his party's slate may reach 60.

The second highest number of candidates, eight, have left Nora Mojsejová’s Free Speech party, the TASR newswire wrote. As all the election ballot papers have already been printed and distributed, the withdrawn candidates will remain listed on them but information about their withdrawal will be available at polling stations. Preferential ballot votes for candidates that have dropped out will not be counted.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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