Six observers of the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europeá (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights arrived in Slovakia on March 6 to oversee the upcoming presidential race.
The reason is that the commitments of each OSCE member state includes permission for the OSCE election commission to monitor the preparations and the course of any elections, the TASR newswire reported.
Observers will look closely at the compliance with election-related laws and the balance in the media environment and its independence.
After the elections, the commission will have two months to publish an evaluation report, also specifying recommendations to remove possible deficiencies.
Alexander Keltchewsky, head of the OSCE electoral commission, and his deputy Daria Bogumila Paprocka, first met with the Foreign Affairs Ministry's State Secretary, Lukáš Parízek, then paid a visit to the Slovak courts, as reported by TASR.
Observers at the Constitutional Court
The temporary president of the Constitutional Court, Jana Baricová, explained to the observers how the Constitutional Court has ruled in cases related to the presidential elections since 1993.
"The election experts were particularly interested in the status and roles of the Constitutional Court in protecting the passive voting rights of candidates and the active voting rights of voters," said Tomáš Senaj of the Constitutional Court's press department, as quoted by TASR.
They were also interested in deadlines for submitting a complaint, deadlines for the Constitutional Court to decide on them as well as Baricová's ruling concerning voting rights.
Visit to the Supreme Court
The election experts also paid a visit to the Supreme Court on March 12. They received information about the protection of the voting rights of candidates and voters as well as the Supreme Court's competences in this regard.
"To make it very simple, the Supreme Court decides specific cases filed before the election and the Constitutional Court comes in after the presidential elections," said the Supreme Court's Vice-President, Jarmila Urbancová, as quoted by TASR.
13. Mar 2019 at 13:47 | Compiled by Spectator staff