The Prague Movement (PS) movement, led by the mayor of Prague 7 and Prague’s deputy Jan Čižinský, is collecting signatures for his candidacy in the municipal elections, which will take place next year, during the parliamentary elections on Saturday on Saturday.
“Prague has just occupied the entrances to the polling stations at the age of seven and is campaigning for the next elections. It’s hard to find decent words. Abusing the fact that people have to go to the polls through you for your own agitation is a total political bottom. Each part has 365 days a year and countless places to make the agitation it wants. If those concerned cannot honor a single place and a single day of the year to which a political agitator does not belong, then I am sorry, “Pavel Š.
Under the post, she ran almost without a disc, where a large proportion of people start movements that lead seven city districts, condemn and suggest that this is a violation of the election law. Stalls in front of polling stations appeared not only in Prague 7, but also in other Prague districts.
“I’ll sign it for you another time”
The recipients and voters of Prague Sobí also blame Čižinský for this procedure. “I’m your constituent, but honestly it’s on the edge for me. So I’ll sign it for you some other time, “one of the movement’s supporters condemned the event in a debate under Čižinský’s Facebook post, who defended the chosen procedure.
“I signed the petition, but I probably wouldn’t do that. Simply upload unnecessarily. It suprised me. Elections are a holiday, to be calm. You have a lot of time, opportunities and places where you can gather everything in peace later, “wrote another.
Prague sees no problem
The Electoral Act states that any electoral agitation is prohibited near polling stations. “Electoral agitation for political parties, political movements, coalitions and candidates is prohibited in the building in which the polling station is located, and in its immediate vicinity, on days where voting takes place in these buildings,” the norm states.
Directly in the discussion, the progress of the movement was defended by its representative in Prague 7, Martin Tománek, according to which this is not a violation of the law. This was also confirmed by the Prague police, which checked one of the stands.
Čižinský himself has the same opinion. “We are not running an election campaign for these or any other elections. Simply by law, we collect signatures on a petition required by civic candidates by law for municipal elections. We ask Praguers if we can run for a year from today. That’s all, “Čižinský objected to the criticism on his Facebook.
Inappropriately. They burdened the election with marketing, says the political scientist
And yet, apparently, Čižinský Prague did not violate the electoral law, at least it could have committed unethical behavior with regard to the elections, the holiday of democracy. For example, according to political science and the head of the Department of Political Science and European Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc, Tomáš Lebeda, this calculation is not appropriate and may start any trend in the future.
“They (Prague to themselves) must answer whether the controversy associated with it is worth it. If it is really worth it to them, it will now be said that this was an abuse of the election in their interest. Personally, it seems inappropriate to me to do something like this when people go to the polls in the case of parliamentary elections, “said Lebeda when asked by Novinek how he views the group’s actions.
At the same time, he pointed out that Prague could thus give itself the following instructions to other movements and marketers in the future on how to use elections and gathering of people at polling stations for their own interests.
“They opened up a new approach to how we can conceive of people going to polling stations and use it in marketing. Larger groups with their marketing programs will stand in front of the polling stations and we will soon have elections threatened by this phenomenon, “he added.
The mayor of Prague 9 and the Prague representative Tomáš Portlík (ODS), who criticized the progress of the Čižinský movement, also commented on his twitter account.
At a time when the elections are about the future of our state, we will abuse the situation and place polling stations in front of polling stations. And it’s not a petition, you’re campaigning for communal and slandering the local democratically elected town hall. Where have you moved that political culture again @PRAHASOBE … pic.twitter.com/DM2RWdJxxr
– Tomas Portlik (@portlik) October 8, 2021