President vetoes 50-Day election moratorium

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President vetoes 50-Day election moratorium

07. 11. 2019 14:52

President Zuzana Čaputová has vetoed new legislation to extend the moratorium on public opinion polls from the current 14 days to 50 days prior to elections. Čaputová stated on Wednesday that she is convinced that the bill flies in the face of several constitutionally guaranteed rights, such as the right to information and the right to assemble and disseminate information. If Parliament chooses to override her veto, the president will exercise her powers and challenge the bill at the Constitutional Court. The 50-day ban on publishing public polls before the elections has been seen as problematic by several national, as well as international organisations. The proponents of the measure, on the other hand, argue that nowadays polls are misleading and may be "bought" by different interest groups.

Zuzana Botiková, Photo: TASR

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