Most Slovaks oppose the 50-day moratorium

The change still awaits the president’s signature.

Casting a voteCasting a vote (Source: SITA)

Six out of 10 Slovaks disagree with the recent change, introducing a longer moratorium on pre-election polls.

The extension of the ban to publish the poll results in the media from the current 14 days to 50 was opposed by 59.4 percent of 1,000 respondents who participated in the Focus poll, carried out between October 23 and 28.

The more detailed results suggest that 40.3 percent certainly disagree with the extended moratorium, while 19.1 percent rather disagree.

Most respondents who oppose the moratorium are the voters ex-president Andrej Kiska's Za Ľudí party (85 percent), followed by the voters of Progressive Slovakia and Spolu (84 percent), Freedom and Solidarity (83 percent), the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (74 percent), the Christian Democratic Movement (72 percent), and Most-Híd (71 percent).

On the other hand, 35.6 percent agree with the extended moratorium. Of them, 17.8 percent certainly agree and 17.8 percent rather agree.

Most respondents sharing this opinion are the voters of the Slovak National Party (64 percent), Smer (53 percent), and far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (53 percent).

Possible veto from president

The recently adopted change concerning the ban on polls still awaits the signature of President Zuzana Čaputová. She already said that the 50-day period has no parallel in Europe, and that she has serious concerns about the amendment, the Sme daily reported.

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The amendment was also criticised by the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Slovak Association of Polling Agencies.

If Čaputová refuses to sign the amendment and the parliament overrides her veto, the opposition can still challenge it at the Constitutional Court. If the court issues a precaution to stop the change from taking effect, it is possible the ban will not be applied to the upcoming 2020 general election, Sme wrote.

However, if the Constitutional Court fails to stop the change from taking effect, the ban will come into force in the weeks to come, the daily pointed out.​​​​​​

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