Andrej Kiska, a candidate in next year’s Slovak presidential election, has already collected more than the required 15,000 signatures to support his candidacy, he said on Thursday, August 8.
“I want to thank the people who signed the petition sheets,” he told the TASR newswire. “It's a huge obligation and I didn't expect to have more than 21,000 signatures in two months.” Kiska, a philanthropist who founded the Dobrý Anjel charity, started collecting signatures for his candidacy on June 4 and has had former Slovak national hockey team coach Ján Filc as the chairman of the petition committee. He has said he wants his campaign to be as transparent as possible and added that he is the only candidate to have released the sum and origin of money spent on his campaign so far.
“In times of total public distrust towards politicians, it's important that people know who sponsors the candidates' campaigns. I'm paying for everything myself and am not interested in the money of any sponsors – secret or not. If politicians want to clean their names, they should do the same," concluded Kiska. The presidential election takes place in two rounds is set for early spring 2014.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Aug 2013 at 10:00