Danko: I’ll Wait for Court’s Decision on Constitutional Judges

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Danko on election of missing constitutional judges (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, October 3 (TASR) – Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko (Slovak National Party/SNS) will not announce a new election of candidates for judges of the Constitutional Court as long as the Constitutional Court decides on complaints filed by rejected candidates, Danko told journalists on Monday.

“Now it’s important how the Constitution will decide on individual failed candidates. At the moment, I wouldn’t like to deepen, by another election, a ‘stew’ that hasn’t been cooked up by me. I’ll wait for the Constitutional Court’s decision and subsequently announce the election so that the letter of the law is observed,” said Danko.

Danko said that the question arises here whether the Presidential Office is right in its opinion that President Andrej Kiska has a right to turn down all the candidates offered to him by Parliament. “In the opinion of the Parliamentary Chairman’s Office, the president doesn’t have this right and one of the two candidates should always be chosen,” said Danko.

Kiska refused to appoint new constitutional judges from among the candidates greenlighted by Parliament. The Constitutional Court has already received complaints by Eva Fulcova, Juraj Sopoliga, Miroslav Duris, Jan Bernat and Jana Lassakova. Mojmir Mamojka has also been selected by Parliament; however, he doesn’t intend to complain about Kiska’s procedure.

At the moment, the Constitutional Court isn’t fully staffed, as its 13-member senate still lacks three judges.