In typical ‘Matovic’ style, independent MP and head of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities party Igor Matovic is trying to encourage first-time voters to make use of their right to vote in the elections by offering T-shirts and other benefits.
Matovic announced his latest initiative to the press today on SNP square in Bratislava, saying some 20,000 T-shirts bearing the motto “We Love This Country” would be given to voters who write that they love the country on the party’s Facebook page on the day of the eleciton, this Saturday, 10 March. They can then collect their T-shirts at the respective local town halls.
Even this gesture, aimed at getting the part of the population who should be most concerned about the future of the country, the young first time voters, has come up against a hitch. The Central Electoral Commission (UVK) is looking into the matter with claims that some kind of corruption is begind the initiative, akin to vote buying. Maybe it not the thought that counts.