Bela Bugar Submits Petition to Launch Presidential Candidacy

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Most-Hid chairman Bela Bugar (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, January 14 (TASR) – Most-Hid leader Bela Bugar on Monday submitted to Parliament a petition with the signatures necessary to launch his bid as a presidential candidate.

“We’ve collected 34,656 signatures,” stated Bugar, who aspires to be a president of all people and not to divide society. “The whole of Europe and Slovakia is going through turbulent times. Society is divided. The future president must be experienced and must know how to unite and not divide, be a president for everyone,” he said.

Bugar chose to run because society has grown mature enough not to care about the ethnicity of candidates. “Instead, [the deciding factor is] what they’ve accomplished, what they do and their vision for Slovakia,” he added.

The Most-Hid chair confirmed that he’s already set up a transparent account, with some €200,000 already deposited in it. Under the law, there is a €500,000 expenditures cap in place for presidential candidates, and Bugar declared that he’ll try not to spend the whole sum. He views his chances of making it to the run-off round as being not beyond the realms of possibility.

The presidential election is slated for Saturday, March 16, with a potential run-off round on March 30. The deadline for submitting candidate nominations is January 31, 2019.