Prague To himself at polling stations throughout the metropolis: “You are campaigning for communal,” criticizes the head of the Prague ODS
The group, led by the mayor of Prague 7, Jan Čižinský, ran in the 2018 municipal elections as an association of independent candidates. In order to participate in the elections, at least seven percent of the capital’s population had to get signatures. At that time, they obtained over 96,000 signatures. Voters will decide on the further leadership of Prague next year, and Prague has already begun collecting signatures for itself.
She decided to use the fact that elections to the Chamber of Deputies are being held and petition stalls have appeared at polling stations all over Prague. Criticism from politicians and people who came across them immediately appeared on social networks and among politicians.
Circumventing the law?
According to Councilor Hana Marvanová from the United Forces for Prague Club, which, together with Pirates and Prague, rules itself in Prague, this is at least on circumventing the electoral law. It prohibits election campaigning in the immediate vicinity of polling stations. “Prague is a politically active movement and, at least contrary to good morals, uses the time of the completed election agitation, when other political entities cannot do so, for its campaign in the upcoming municipal elections. I consider this not only unethical, but it can also influence the opinion of voters in these elections as well,“Give for Lightning.”
We just ask if we can run
The leader of Prague to himself and the mayor of Prague 7 Jan Čižinský claim that it is only a matter of collecting signatures for their civic candidate. “We ask Praguers if we can run for a year from today. That is all. Dear politicians, please do not want to ban people from what they have in a democracy and according to the law, “he responded to the criticism. Warning that the law requires one hundred thousand signatures and does not prohibit the collection of them on election day. “The law requires us to collect signatures and then gives us clearly defined freedoms to do so. Freedoms are completely unquestionable, even on the day of the parliamentary elections in front of polling stations, “he wrote on Facebook.
The stalls of Prague were noticed by other opposition politicians from the Prague City Hall. Chairman of the Prague ODS Mayor of Prague 9 Tomáš Portlík sees this as an abuse of the situation and is simply a matter of promotion. “Prague claims to be making a petition. In fact, he distributes communal agitation and slanders competitors, making excuses by not running in this election. But it is not necessary, “he wrote on Twitter.
The leader of the Prague candidates and the municipal council for the YES movement also noticed the petition stands Patrik Nacher. According to him, he claims that this is a petition stand, so according to the law, it should be fine, but in fact, he is talking to people about the municipal elections in 2022. “If it wasn’t for Prague, would it be ok too?” He asked on Twitter.