Five Slovaks to run for vacant ECHR spot

THE FOURTH attempt to elect a Slovak representative to the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) will include five candidates. Zuzana Dlugošová, Ladislav Duditš, Peter Kresák, Peter Paluda and Alena Poláčková will compete for the post April 13, TASR newswire reported. 

Ján MazákJán Mazák (Source: TASR)

The previous two candidate slates were refused by the ECHR, while the most recent one was rejected by the Slovak government as “not well-balanced”.

The situation can be complicated by the complaint filed by one of the candidates Ján Mazák with the Constitutional Court. He complained about the previous government decision and proposed a preliminary injunction by court that would block the new election. 

After the new nominees are selected in the upcoming selection process, they need to be approved by the government and then by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which will have the last word.

The previous judge of the ECHR for the Slovak Republic, Ján Šikuta, finished his term on October 31, 2013 but continues to work on an interim basis until he is replaced.

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