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ELECTION 2012: 64 candidates leave party slates

The Interior Ministry’s website reported that the names of 64 people who originally were on party slates for the March 10 election are no eliminated from the balloting as 60 have withdrawn their names and four were withdrawn by their parties, the TASR newswire wrote.

The Interior Ministry’s website reported that the names of 64 people who originally were on party slates for the March 10 election are no eliminated from the balloting as 60 have withdrawn their names and four were withdrawn by their parties, the TASR newswire wrote.

Most of these persons – 35 – had withdrawn from the slate of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OlaNO) party that witnessed a mass exodus after party leader Igor Matovič asked several candidates to undergo a polygraph test about bribery, TASR newswire wrote. Several individuals at the top of the OlaNO slate as well as members of the OKS and KSD parties announced their departure.

Twelve people left Free Speech party, five people left the slate of the Party of Citizens of Slovakia and three left the slate of the Party of Democratic Left. The Law and Justice party lost two candidates while the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS), People’s Party – Our Slovakia and the 99 Percent party each lost one candidate.

Two of the four individuals removed from slates were Ján Rejda, whose name was reported in the Gorilla file, and Jana Dubovcová who was elected as Slovakia’s new ombudswoman.

Source: TASR, Interior Ministry website, www.minv.sk

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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