The non-parliamentary Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) has turned to the Constitutional Court due to the results of the EP election.
It disagrees with the decision of the State Election Commission and the Control of Financing of Political Parties based on which one of its two elected MEPs, Miriam Lexmann, has to wait until the UK actually leaves the EU to take the post, the SITA newswire reported.
KDH was supported by 9.69 percent of votes during the May 25 EP election, which is nearly the same result as the opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) with 9.62 percent. KDH had 95,588 votes, which is 1,749 votes more than SaS.
Both parties won two of 14 seats allocated for Slovakia in the EP. Despite a better result, KDH will have to wait until Brexit is resolved to take up its second seat, unlike SaS.
Therefore, KDH has filed a complaint with the Constitutional Court, its spokesperson Stano Župa said.
A change in law
Since Slovakia has only had 13 MEPs in previous tenures, the parliament amended the respected law at the beginning of 2019, to clarify which party would obtain the 14th Slovak seat in the EP after Brexit.
The new amendment says that “the elected candidate of the political party with the least remainder from the division will not be seated in EP”, as the explanation of the final results by the State Election Commission suggests.
“If someone has doubts that the formula was used incorrectly, with some mistakes, or the whole formula is wrong, it is necessary to turn to the State Election Commission,” said Interior Minister Denisa Saková, as quoted by SITA.
She refuted the claim that the problem had been caused by her ministry. Although KDH is contesting the State Election Commission's decision, future KDH MEP Lexmann is not that worried.
“I see a higher possibility of Brexit not happening,” she said, as quoted by SITA. KDH just wants to bring decency and justice into politics, she added.
The allocation of seats
Based on the current law, the EP seats were allocated in two rounds. In the first round, KDH obtained two seats and SaS only one.
After the State Election Commission took into consideration the remainder from the division of valid votes, in the second round, SaS won the second seat. SaS had a remainder of 47,205 votes while KDH had a remainder of only 320 votes in the second round.
“The State Election Commission understood this law, the inconsistency of which we do not doubt,” said SaS spokesperson Róbert Buček, as quoted by SITA.
4. Jun 2019 at 22:22 | Compiled by Spectator staff