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Rejected Constitutional Court candidates sent complaints against Kiska

FIVE candidates whom President Andrej Kiska rejected to appoint for Constitutional Court judges are challenging Kiska’s decision at the aforementioned court, the TA3 private broadcaster reported on September 15. There is no reason to change Kiska’s decision, the President’s Office responded.

FIVE candidates whom President Andrej Kiska rejected to appoint for Constitutional Court judges are challenging Kiska’s decision at the aforementioned court, the TA3 private broadcaster reported on September 15. There is no reason to change Kiska’s decision, the President’s Office responded.

“Despite they did that [sent complaint against Kiska’s rejections] I think that there is no reason for President Andrej Kiska to change is approaches or decisions,” said the president’s advisor Ján Mazák, a former Constitutional Court chairman from 2000-06, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

One of the rejected candidates, Juraj Sopoliga, said that complaint delivered to Constitutional Court should contribute to solving of law problem since Kiska’s decisions related to court are questionable. For example, Kiska’s setting up of an advisory committee on the selection of candidates could be a contravention of the Constitution, Sopoliga told TA3, according to the TASR newswire.

Furthermore, he believes that the principle of objectivity in Kiska’s deciding on the right of a citizen to an elected office was also violated. He is, therefore, requesting that Kiska’s decision be scrapped.

Kiska refused to appoint five out of six candidates elected by the Smer party in early July, installing only Supreme Court judge Jana Baricová into office. Kiska said he detected no “permanent interest in constitutional law and constitutional judiciary” in any of the remaining candidates, based on his own interviews with them as well as recommendations from the aforementioned panel of legal experts, according to TASR.

(Source: TASR, SITA, TA3)

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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