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Slovakia: Observers Criticize Government For Violations Of Election Process

Prague, 24 September 1998 (RFE/RL) -- An international group of election monitors has accused the Slovak government of Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar of bias and unfair practices in the run-up to the Slovak elections.

The International Advisory Committee has sent a letter to Meciar complaining of routine violations of the election process.

The letter claims a "climate of anxiety" has been created through acts of violence perpetrated on independent journalists and accuses the government of deliberately hindering independent civic groups and media in their efforts to participate in the election process.

The letters' signatories include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Former German Economic Affairs Minister, Otto Graf Lambsdorff.

The committee was formed by the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, an independent Washington-based non-government organization set up to monitor the Slovak elections.

The Slovak election campaign officially closed yesterday 48 hours before the polls open.