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ELECTION 2012: Record numbers of candidates leave party slates before vote

The upcoming parliamentary elections have been accompanied by a record number of candidates deciding to leave party slates. In addition to 52 candidates who have quit party lists voluntarily, the parties themselves have withdrawn four people. The most candidates, 30, have left the slate of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) party, the SITA newswire reported.

The upcoming parliamentary elections have been accompanied by a record number of candidates deciding to leave party slates. In addition to 52 candidates who have quit party lists voluntarily, the parties themselves have withdrawn four people. The most candidates, 30, have left the slate of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) party, the SITA newswire reported.

Originally, there were 2,967 candidates registered for the elections, of whom 778 were women. In the 2010 parliamentary elections there were originally 2,397 candidates, of whom 16 were removed by the parties and 15 decided to leave of their own accord. In 2006 only 12 out of 2,352 candidates left the slates before election day, SITA reported.

Slovakia’s Election Act allows candidates to leave the slate, or a party to withdraw its whole candidate list, up to 48 hours before elections.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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