Čaputová vetoed a 50-day moratorium on polls

If MPs override her veto, she will turn to the Constitutional Court.

President Zuzana Čaputová vetoed an amendment on the 50-day moratorium on polls on November 6, 2019President Zuzana Čaputová vetoed an amendment on the 50-day moratorium on polls on November 6, 2019 (Source: TASR)

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová has stood up against an amendment on a 50-day moratorium concerning pre-election polls. She thus joined the critical voices sounding from a large part of the Slovak public and opposition parties, but also PM Peter Pellegrini and Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák.

“I am convinced, and this is also the reason why I have vetoed the relevant provision, that it contradicts several rights guaranteed by the Constitution,” the President said, as quoted by the TASR newswire on November 6.

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Coalition and other MPs passed this amendment to the law on the election campaign, extending the pre-election ban on releasing polls from 14 to 50 days, on October 28.

President Čaputová added she will file a motion with the Constitutional Court if the parliament does not agree with her comments and overrides her veto.

“At the same time, I will ask the Constitutional Court to suspend this provision,” she said, as quoted by TASR.

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