Kuneva's Party Starts Referendum Petition on Allowing Recall of Bulgarian MPs

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Bulgaria: Kuneva's Party Starts Referendum Petition on Allowing Recall of Bulgarian MPs Borislav Tsekov, one of the leaders of the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement, has said that a referendum petition will be launched on a nationwide scale by the end of the week. Photo by BGNES

A nationwide petition will be started by the end of the week for a referendum on allowing Bulgarian citizens to recall politicians they have elected, according to Borislav Tsekov, one of the leaders of the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement.

Speaking Thursday in Varna, he made clear that the petition had been launched on February in a number of major cities in Bulgaria and had already been backed by over 10 000.

Tsekov, as cited by the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency (BTA), vowed that a total of 500 000 signatures would be collected by May 11, 2013, forcing Parliament to call a referendum.

The Co-Chair of the initiative committee for the referendum specified that the petition would also ask people whether they would like to be entitled to repot violations of their civil rights to the Constitutional Court (KS).

Tsekov also explained that the Bulgaria for Citizens Movement would file a request with Parliament for amendments to the Election Code allowing the registration of independent civil lists carrying equal weight as party lists at the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The Bulgaria for Citizens Movement argues that the move will allow real civil control in the next Parliament.

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