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NECENZUROVANÉ NOVINY 03/2002

* THE CONSTITUENT DECLARATION OF THE CARETAKER CIVIC GOVERNMENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

Vydáno dne 21. 05. 2002 (3528 přečtení)



THE CONSTITUENT DECLARATION
OF THE CARETAKER
CIVIC GOVERNMENT
OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

DEMOCRACY FOR ALL


Our motto:

Let all of us go to the polls this time!

If we do not want to be fooled, cheated and deceived again,

Let us vote nonparliamentary parties!



Nonparliamentary parties being aware of the fact that our political system and political practice are not truly democratic, and that in many cases, are even unconstitutional in the Czech Republic, a member state of NATO and a candidate for European Union, have decided, irrespective of great differences in programs and ideas, to combine their force. On 21st May 2002 they set up the caretaker civic government and decided that after the forthcoming elections and according to their results, they will establish the caretaker civic parliament with the aim of organizing free elections. Free and democratic elections can be achieved through these common goals:

1) The abolition of both the information monopoly of parliamentary parties in mass media and tough cut-throat discrimination of citizens and nonparliamentary parties.

2) The abolition of the present liquidating and unconstitutional closing-down law on elections and the adoption of such a law that would enable equal position in political, media and economic sphere for all citizens and all nonparliamentary parties.

1) INFORMATION BLOCKADE AND DISCRIMINATION OF OPINIONS OF CITIZENS AND NONPARLIAMENTARY PARTIES AND MOVEMENTS IN CZECH MASS MEDIA

During election campaing the political parties must be neither advantaged nor discriminated under the pretext that they are parliamentary or nonparliamentary, because in election competition all parties, being candidate parties, are equal. We consider as very discriminational the fact that four parliamentary parties that gained only 64% of votes of legitimate voters in the last elections occupy from 98,5 to 99% of advertising space allocated for the whole of all candidate parties. While only 1,0 to 1,5% of advertising space is allotted to other 25 candidate nonparliamentary parties and movements that managed to gain more that 11% of votes in the last elections. Other about 25% of the legitimate voters did not take part in the last elections at all because they did not learn about anybody whom they would like to support. Other voters voted for some of the present parliamentary parties mostly out of despair, because they did not have anybody to vote for, so they at least voted against somebody. This show to what extent is the Czech post-communist "demo-totality" deformed after 17th November 1989. In our country there are at least 36% of citizens - taxpayers - whose opinions are not practically presented in mass media. Due to tough publishing or editorial censorship and information embargo and without radical change of the whole information system, these citizens and voters will not have any chance to learn about really diverse political offers of nonparliamentary parties that will be running for seats in Parliament and in other elections, in referendums or in other occasions and that solicit for their support. Citizens will not have chance to decide correctly and with full knowledge of the affairs in such situations. This practice should be changed as quickly as possible.

Due to the reasons stated above we want a radical change of the present system of presenting information - very often misinformation - pursued not only by private mass media, but also by public mass media (e.g.state television) which, in reality, are only factories for making public opinion. They are paid by taxpayers who are manipulated by the use of finance, power and influence of the most powerful parties, groups and multinational companies. The role of the citizen - taxpayer - in this system is zero. We want to harmonize the whole information system with the rights for true, complete and balanced information that are already guaranteed to our citizens not only in our Constitution, but also in the International Treaty on Civic and Political Rights, which was ratified already by the communist Czechoslovakia and which is a part of the Code 120/1976. The assertion of these rights was fight for by Charter 77, the Committee for the Protection of Unjustly Prosecuted and the first really political pre-November opposition force: "Movement for Civic Liberty" the basic manifesto of which "Democracy for all" we had to put on the escutcheon due to restrained and nondemocratic situation in our country. Twelve years ago, during the days of "Velvet Revolution" and shortly after it, all these rights were discussed by the victorious Civic Forum of the present president Václav Havel, Petr Pithart, Václav Klaus, Hana Marvanová, Miloš Zeman and others who are so far the top representatives of our state. As concerns the matters of freedom and democracy understood not formally but as the possibility of real participation in the administration of our own country, we return to the very beginning.

1) UNCONSTITUTIONAL DECEITFUL ELECTION LAW AIMED AGAINST THE OPENNESS OF THE POLITICAL SYSTEM AND AGAINST THE RULE OF EQUAL COMPETITION BETWEEN CITIZENS AND POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SPHERE

The present unjust political system, which is called mafia system even by the president Václav Havel, is perpetuated in its negative perfection and closeness against any attempt to enter it from the outside and is kept alive not only through tough censorship applied in post-November mass media, but especially through deceitful and unconstitutional election law. Its deceitfulness and unconstitutionality is based on the following well-tried principles:

a) 5% barrier for the entry into the Parliament

While, according to mathematical and logic rules, 0,5% of votes are necessary for getting one mandate in the Parliament that has 200 members, our present "democratic" representatives of the post-communist Parliament raised this barrier ten times for us - citizens and taxpayers - up to 5%!!!

This law violates the principle of proportionality which says: As many percent of votes are gained by the political party in the elections, as many percent of representatives will be in the Lower Chamber of the Parliament.

b) Finance entry barrier (so called non returnable contribution) fixed by the parliamentary parties instead of election deposit which was canceled by the Constitutional Court because it was found unconstitutional.

In election competition, this unconstitutional finance barrier sharply discriminates all new or small parties and movements which did not feather their nest during the process of fraudulent privatisation of the national wealth and, on the contrary to the parliament parties, do not take hundreds of millions of crowns of support drawn from the money of taxpayers.

Fortunately, even some Courts start to realize this unconstitutionality of the present election law and they take it into account in their decisions. Recently, the "Party for the Abolishment of the Senate" attained the registration of its list of candidates and the printing of their voting cards in spite of the fact that this party rejected to pay this unconstitutional barrier.

c) Financial after-elections 1,5% barrier

This discrimination legalized by the Parliament violated the equality of votes which is guaranteed by the Constitution, and this time even in the finance sphere. While some votes will bring 100,- crowns each to some political parties and in addition these parties will get high state contribution in tens or even hundreds millions of crowns for the support of their further activity, other parties will not receive any money for their votes. As concerns small or new parties, which did not manage to overcome the discrimination barriers stated here and did not get at least 1,5% votes, this unconstitutional discrimination makes impossible for them to overcome the discrimination barriers stated here and to survive to the next elections and get the chance to strengthen their results.

This unconstitutional principle pushed through by the parliamentary parties was even rejected by the Constitutional Court in its own present practice. In 1998 the movement "The Independents" fought the Parliament elections and they got 0,87% of votes. Thanks to their reference to the decision of the Constitutional Court, the movement "the Independents" represented by its chairman ing.Jiří Horák enforced the breakthrough decision, when though they did not reach the fixed 1,5% votes for their results in the elections, they managed to obtained by court order the corresponding financial sum of money.

2) The law on political parties

Under the pretext of discrepancy in the end of year report the present wording of the law on political parties enables to misuse this law against the parties and movements which are not represented in the Parliament. The adoption ( and also the tabling of the proposal on suspension of the activity of the party) is decided by the House of Representatives of the Parliament of the Czech Republic which can reject the report on the basis of little formal shortcomings and the law does not impose the duty for the House of Representatives to call the respective party to rectify the detected shortcomings. The "judges" in the political arena are the parliamentary parties and the democratic political competition is not in their interest.

Therefore even debts of many millions of crows, revocation of sponsor donations and also foreign donators who deceased without knowing that their name was used for covering the donations have not become the reason for the proposal on suspension of the activity of any parliamentary party. On the contrary little formal shortcoming or one day delay in submitting the end of year report have been a welcome opportunity for the intimidation of nonparliamentary parties. This "uneven measurement" is particularly visible if we realize that the activity of the parliamentary parties ( and also the quality of their bookkeeping) is paid by all taxpayers - including those who did not vote for them - in hundreds of crowns every year.

Petr Cibulka - chairman of the Right Block, portable: +0420 605 230 238

Jan Bednář - deputy chairman of the Humanistic Alliance, portable: +0420 608 731162

Jiří Hudeček - chairman of the Party of Democratic Socialism, + 0420 221952333

Míla Jebavá - member of the board of the Right Block - translation - English contact - +0420 608 215455


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