published: 23.10.2013, 17:19 | updated: 23.10.2013 17:22:16
Prague - Outgoing Czech PM Jiri Rusnok today criticised the fact that an e-mail in support of he Party of Citizens' Rights-the Zemanites (SPOZ) and five ministers running for it in the October 25-26 early general election had been sent from the Transport Ministry to the media.
The ministers should not use their ministries´ apparatus for their self-promotion, Rusnok told journalists, adding that he would like to deal with the case.
Two of the ministers told reporters that they had not known about the e-mail and that a too eager clerk was behind it.
The five ministers´ statements complaining that the media do not pay sufficient attention to the SPOZ was sent in name of Zbynek Solc, director of the Transport Ministry´s office today.
"We are expressing a deep indignation at the level of manipulating voters ahead of the early elections. Election polls have never been abused in such a manipulative way yet. All relevant polls say the Zemanites will enter the Chamber of Deputies. Those who do not want the old system to return should vote for the Zemanites," the e-mail says.
It should express the opinions of Transport Minister Zdenek Zak, Agriculture Minister Miroslav Toman, Labour and Social Affairs Minister Frantisek Konicek, Local Development Minister Frantisek Lukl and Interior Minister Martin Pecina who are all running for the SPOZ in the elections.
Pecina and Lukl told reporters after the government meeting today that they had not known about the e-mail. However, they stand by its content, the added.
"We identify with the content but the form and the way of sending the message is very unfortunate and we cannot agree with it," Lukl said.
According to the latest polls, the SPOZ would not cross the 5-percent parliamentary threshold, while earlier polls showed it might do so.
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