Election: Dead Man a Candidate While a Live Woman Stands for Two Parties, Among Other Irregularities

By , 09 May 2018, 20:37 PM Politics
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STA, 9 May 2018 - The electoral commissions across the country have their hands full less than a month before the parliamentary election. Going over the candidate lists, a district commission has found a dead person on one of the lists, while several have been rejected for failing to meet the 35% gender quota.

All our election coverage can be found here, while our profiles of the major parties are here

The Party of the Slovenian Nation (SSN) will not be on the ballots in the Postojna electoral district because a person who died last year was listed as one of the candidates.

The Postojna Electoral Commission said it had reported this to the Celje police, where the alleged offence was committed, but would not give the name of the suspect or the offence they are suspected of perpetrating.

SSN president Marjan Žandar did not explain how the dead person ended up on their list. He told the STA that a mistake had been made in compilation of the candidate list, which the party regrets.

Moreover, yesterday the National Electoral Commission discovered that the coalition Social Democrats (SD) and the non-parliamentary Andrej Čuš and the Greens fielded the same candidate.

A woman called Milena Babič has been nominated by the SD in Ptuj and by the Greens in Ljubljana. According to the SD Babič was misled by the Greens. She told SD president Dejan Židan that she thought she was signing a form proving her presence at an event.

Čuš responded to this by saying that "everybody knows what they are signing", adding that Babič had run for the Greens in past elections.

Her candidacy was deemed null and void, which led the National Electoral Commission to reject the Green's entire list for the district of Ljubljana Centre, as the list no longer met the gender quota.

Čuš is "certain that there is something bigger at play, there are no longer any coincidences in politics". He believes that this was an attempt to keep his party out of the National Assembly.

His is not the only party to have a candidate list rejected for failing to meet the gender quota. The United Right - Coalition Kangler & Primc had its candidate lists thrown out in the districts of Kranj and Novo Mesto for failing to include enough women.

The coalition turned to the Supreme Court to appeal the two decisions. The court upheld the decision of the Novo Mesto Electoral Commission yesterday and is likely to do the same with the decision of the Kranj Commission, which the coalition appealed today.

Aleš Primc, the head of the Voice for the Children, already said that the coalition would also turn to the Constitutional Court in order to run in all electoral districts across the country.

Primc said that some of the supporters are very upset by what has happened and want to take to the streets. But he said he wanted this to be resolved peacefully and through legal channels.

If the coalition will not make it onto the ballots of the Kranj Electoral District, Metka Zevnik, one of the best known members of Primc's party, will not be able to run in the election.

Moreover, the Supreme Court has also upheld the decisions of the Celje Electoral Commission to reject the lists of the opposition United Left and the new Unity Party for failing to include enough men.

All our election coverage can be found here, while our profiles of the major parties are here.

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