Police will verify all 15,000 signatures collected as part of the registration process of the 99 Percent – Civic Voice party, Police Corps President Jaroslav Spišiak said at a press conference held on Wednesday, February 29.
During an initial check, police found that more than 200 randomly selected names on the party’s registration petition contained false data. Spišiak said, as quoted by the TASR newswire, that it was ascertained that ID card numbers did not match the names of the signatories, and that some of them were even recorded as having died. He refused to give more details about the ongoing verification, but said that police had subjected approximately 70 percent of the signatures to scrutiny so far.
Police took action based on a complaint received on February 13 from one of the signature collectors, who described the practices used to obtain the signatures. The person, whose name was not released, was allegedly tasked with collecting several thousand signatures over a short period of time. When the individual told a superior that such a task was impossible, the collector was instructed to gather signatures "from other sources" as well. The collector was allegedly told there was nothing to fear as the superior said that he had contacts in the police and the SIS intelligence service.
Earlier on February 29, party sponsor Ivan Weiss had stated that the police were bent on damaging the reputation of 99 Percent and intimidating its supporters. Spišiak denied this and said that police only want to inquire into how people provided their personal information to the signature collectors.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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