Andrej Kiska officially began collecting signatures on Tuesday for his presidential bid, the TASR newswire learnt later on the same day.
"I want to run as an independent candidate, and my candidacy will be backed exclusively by public support. I therefore want to collect signatures throughout Slovakia with the help of people who are convinced, as I am, that Slovakia needs a change," said Kiska, who is a successful entrepreneur and the founder of the Good Angel charity. The signatures are to be collected by volunteers. Kiska's petition committee will be chaired by ice-hockey coach Ján Filc.
"I want to have a strong personality in the post of president that would know the real problems ailing people and that would not be involved with politicians and power interests," said Filc. Kiska maintains that he will shun affiliation with any political party. "[If a standard political party offers its help], I will thank it for expressing trust in me and I'll accept it, but I'll add at the same time that I'll act according to my own conscience," said the candidate.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Jun 2013 at 14:00