Opposition Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) MPs Lucia Nicholsonová and Martin Poliačik want to amend the new election code to allow Slovaks living abroad to vote in parliamentary, presidential and European Parliament elections. They also suggest introducing the requirement to inform electoral commissions in advance when an illiterate person wants to cast a ballot with an assistant, the TASR newswire reported on April 7. Both Nicholsonová and Poliačik attended the elections in Jarovnice, Prešov Region, which is the village with the largest Roma settlement in Slovakia, where they sat in the electoral commission.
“We have seen some extreme cases, with illiterate people coming to the polling stations to vote, while they were not even able to read the ballot,” Nicholsonová said, as quoted by TASR, adding that a number of these voters announced the fact to the commission after they had already been behind the curtain in the polling booth with their assistants. She also said that the personnel of senior houses frequently cast ballots on behalf of paralysed residents, noting that this procedure is illegal.
Full Article: SaS proposes election code changes – The Slovak Spectator.