In the case of an ongoing pandemic of the COVID-19 disease, the legislation allows those who will be subject to quarantine measures at the time of the referendum to vote in a special voting method. “The procedure according to this Act will be applied if, as of November 30, 2022, the Public Health Office of the SR will order the isolation of persons positive for the disease COVID-19 or the quarantine of persons who came into close contact with a person positive for the disease COVID-19,” explained the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic.
The law regulates the method of application and the course of the special voting method, the creation of special election commissions and the creation of relevant voter lists, as well as material and personnel support.
An authorized voter who requests a special method of voting in the referendum votes in a portable ballot box, two members of the special election commission will come behind him with her and ballot papers and an envelope. “The special method of voting in the referendum is not carried out in a medical facility in which inpatient medical care is provided,” the department pointed out.
To ensure such a vote and to determine its results, 79 special electoral districts will be established, their territorial district is the district. The special election commission created for each precinct will have seven members. “The member of this commission and the recorder are entitled to a reward of 200 euros for carrying out activities on the day of the referendum. The driver who will ensure the transport of the members of the special election commission will receive a reward of 170 euros,” the department explained.
The referendum on the possibility of shortening the election period will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2023. It was initiated by Smer-SD and other opposition parties. They asked for two questions, the one about the immediate resignation of the government was given by the President to the Constitutional Court of the SR. He declared that it was not in accordance with the constitution. Therefore, the question will not be in the referendum.