RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol 2, No. 35 , 20 February 1998
SLOVAK GOVERNMENT WANTS TO AMEND ELECTION LAW. The Interior Ministry on 19
February announced it is drawing up a draft amendment to the electoral law
requiring each party belonging to an electoral allianceto pass a 5 percent
threshold to gain parliamentary representation. Under current legislation,
electoral alliances of more than three parties must obtain 10 percent of
the vote, while parties running on their own must obtain five percent. The
Slovak Democratic Coalition (SDK), a loose alliance of five opposition
parties, said the initiative is an attempt to thwart its chances in the
elections scheduled for September, Reuters reported. Democratic Union
deputy chairman Ludovit Cernak said the move is "clearly aimed at the SDK
and even kills two birds with one stone, as it would also hit the coalition
of ethnic Hungarian parties." MS
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