59 000 Manipulated Votes in Sofia Mayor Elections - Report

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59 000 Manipulated Votes in Sofia Mayor Elections - Report: 59 000 Manipulated Votes in Sofia Mayor Elections - Report RZS leader, Yane Yanev, estimated that 32% of protocols presented by Precinct Election Commissions showed a discrepancy between the number of ballots given out and the number of votes cast. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

The Bulgaria conservative party “Order, Law, Justice” (RZS) leader, Yane Yanev, has stated that 59 000 votes were manipulated in Sunday’s Sofia Mayor elections.

RZS experts have estimated that 32% of protocols presented by Precinct Election Commissions showed a discrepancy between the number of ballots given out and the number of votes cast.

"Our experts have determined that incorrect votes as a result of these manipulations total 44 000. If you add 15 000 phantom votes that were made you can work out a total result of 59 000 incorrect votes. According to our data, more than 10% of the records were completed before election day. We believe that this is a gross falsification and will wait for the Administrative Court to rule on the issue. Even if the election is not annulled, the offenses must be taken into account," explained Yanev.

"We urge all Regional Election Commissions to be sacked and for criminal liability action to be taken against them. We will send a signal to the Supreme Cassation Prosecution Office," he added.

In the Bulgarian capital, Yordanka Fandakova from the ruling party GERB was elected the new Mayor of Sofia after receiving exactly 66,23% of the votes in Sunday’s elections.

The candidate of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Georgi Kadiev, received 27,71% of the votes.

Architect Pavel Popov from the conservative RZS party received 2,8%. Each of the other 15 candidates received below 1%.

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