Independent MP and head of the recently formed Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party Igor Matovic took a bit of a blow yesterday as 24 of some of his top candidates stepped out of the party election slate over a lie detector dispute.
Matovic had pointed out last year that his candidates would undergo a lie detector test to prove their integrity, but many of the candidates did not agree with it, especially in connection with the question of whether or not they had ever taken a bribe.
Matovic himself says the departure of the 24 candidates is not a problem, rejecting the idea that his party is falling apart, referring to it instead as a kind of cleansing. He is sticking to his guns, pointing out how the Gorilla protesters are also demanding that politicians undergo lie detector tests.
Matovic feels that some of the candidates must have something to hide, attacking specifically Vlaimir Palko from the KDS faction of the party for refusing, because as interior minister he had forced police officers to take lie detector tests. Matovic feels people will still be impressed by the party slate, despite the loss of several prominent public figures.