The election of the chair and two vice-chairs of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ) will be held within the next ordinary parliamentary session on June 25, Parliamentary Chairman Pavol Paška decided on Wednesday, June 5. He also announced, as quoted by the TASR newswire, that MPs who want to submit nominations for the posts can do so by 16:00 on June 14.
The governing Smer party has said that the post of NKÚ head “belongs” to the opposition, and according to earlier opposition agreements, the post should have gone to a nominee of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS). However, the party submitted several candidates, but neither its fellow opposition parties, nor Smer in secret ballots provided enough votes for them to be elected. Prime Minister Robert Fico then suggested some nominees from the other opposition parties whom Smer would be willing to back. These parties, now excluding SaS, the parliamentary caucus of which had shrunk to a mere six MPs in the meantime, selected Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) nominee Maroš Žilinka. However, after Smer refused to hold an open vote, the parties withdrew Žilinka's nomination.
Meanwhile, the NKÚ is still led by Ján Jasovský from Vladimír Mečiar's HZDS party. Jasovský has been in the post more than a year beyond the official end of his tenure.
Opposition parties on Wednesday announced that they would not nominate any further candidates for the post of NKÚ chair. "If the conditions presented by Smer don't change, we won't propose anybody," KDH caucus leader Pavol Hrušovský told TASR. A similar opinion is held by Most-Híd and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ). "After a consultation with partners we've already stated that the previous election will remain the last one with us submitting a candidate," said SDKÚ caucus head Lucia Žitňanská. Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) maintains that a public selection process should take place. SaS said that it doesn't see any sense in nominating anyone else.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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