Stance of the Institute for Public Affairs on the proposal to extend the moratorium on the publication of election surveys

The Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), which has been conducting and analyzing public opinion polls regularly since its inception in 1997, expresses its strong opposition to the government coalition's proposal to extend the current two-week moratorium on publishing the results of public opinion polls to 30 days. 

Even the current legislation contradicts the democratic right of citizens to information, enshrined in the legal order of the Slovak Republic. However, what the government coalition is now proposing is a de facto prohibition of pre-election sociological surveys as such, since the real pre-election survey is a survey that takes place within a timeframe as close to the electoral act itself as possible. 

We are outraged by the intention of politicians, who are obviously concerned that they will not succeed in an open and fair political competition, to prevent, through purposeful legislative manipulation, citizens of the Slovak Republic from accessing to one of the most important information necessary for exercising their right to vote. 

We call on MPs not to approve the proposed legislation restricting citizens' right to an informed voting.

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