Kiska calls on people to go to polls

THE IMPACTS of people’s decisions in local elections are visible every day and as soon as a person leaves home, President Andrej Kiska said on November 12, appealing to all eligible voters in Slovakia to go out and cast their votes in November 15 municipal elections.

THE IMPACTS of people’s decisions in local elections are visible every day and as soon as a person leaves home, President Andrej Kiska said on November 12, appealing to all eligible voters in Slovakia to go out and cast their votes in November 15 municipal elections.

“Many are hesitant as to whether to participate in the municipal elections, as to whether they can find the right candidates to support,” Kiska said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “I will certainly go to the polls on Saturday [November 15] as I cannot possibly imagine ignoring a vote whose results directly influence my everyday life.”

The president further stated that there are towns and villages whose mayors and councillors oversee excellent projects that boost the quality of life of the inhabitants. These people deserve trust so that they can continue with their goals, added the president. On the other hand, there are local governments that need immediate change.

“You also need to take into consideration whether the given candidate is fighting for a good thing only a couple of days before the vote,” Kiska stressed, as quoted by TASR.

The president stated that people should first and foremost demand that local governments carry out their work in a transparent and responsible manner, without scandals or the creation of obstacles to public supervision.

“We need to demand up-to-date services, as there is no reason why some offices should be run as they used to be some 50 years ago,” Kiska continued, as quoted by TASR. “We should be demanding with respect to the candidates; but we should also give them an opportunity.”

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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