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Slovakia: Voters in Bratislava head to polling stations as referendum on amending constitution begins03:33

Slovakia: Voters in Bratislava head to polling stations as referendum on amending constitution begins

Slovakia, Bratislava
January 22, 2023 at 17:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Polling stations opened in Slovakia on Saturday morning to kick off the ninth referendum in the history of independent Slovakia.

Residents are supposed to answer a single question whether they do or do not agree on early termination of the parliamentary electoral term via a referendum or a resolution of Parliament. The act would then require an amendment to the Slovak Constitution.

Acting Slovak Prime Minister, Eduard Heger, said he will not be participating in the referendum claiming it to be the ‘only a campaign of Robert Fico and Peter Pellegrini who want to make sure to get back to power and impunity after the elections’.

“At the moment, the referendum is absolutely pointless, since to change the constitution and establish early elections, there is, according to the statements of members of the parliament, enough vote,” Heger said.

In his turn, Vice Chairman of the Smer-SD party Lubos Blaha called referendum ‘the most direct form of democracy’.

“We need to change the Constitution and this is the only way because there is no political will in the Slovak parliament. So, I think this activity is non-partisan. It is not the issue of the political party of Smer-Social Democracy. It is the issue of the general population because otherwise we have no other chance to change the Constitution,” Blaha concluded.

Initiated by Smer-SD, together with other opposition parties, the referendum was originally supposed to contain two questions. However, the second, which referred to the immediate resignation of the current government, was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court and, was discluded.

Slovakia: Voters in Bratislava head to polling stations as referendum on amending constitution begins03:33
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Polling stations opened in Slovakia on Saturday morning to kick off the ninth referendum in the history of independent Slovakia.

Residents are supposed to answer a single question whether they do or do not agree on early termination of the parliamentary electoral term via a referendum or a resolution of Parliament. The act would then require an amendment to the Slovak Constitution.

Acting Slovak Prime Minister, Eduard Heger, said he will not be participating in the referendum claiming it to be the ‘only a campaign of Robert Fico and Peter Pellegrini who want to make sure to get back to power and impunity after the elections’.

“At the moment, the referendum is absolutely pointless, since to change the constitution and establish early elections, there is, according to the statements of members of the parliament, enough vote,” Heger said.

In his turn, Vice Chairman of the Smer-SD party Lubos Blaha called referendum ‘the most direct form of democracy’.

“We need to change the Constitution and this is the only way because there is no political will in the Slovak parliament. So, I think this activity is non-partisan. It is not the issue of the political party of Smer-Social Democracy. It is the issue of the general population because otherwise we have no other chance to change the Constitution,” Blaha concluded.

Initiated by Smer-SD, together with other opposition parties, the referendum was originally supposed to contain two questions. However, the second, which referred to the immediate resignation of the current government, was declared unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court and, was discluded.