Bulgarian Nationalists Demand Rescinding of Vote Results
The nationalist National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria, NFSB, is going to ask for invalidation of the May 12 early general elections as the party is convinced their result was purposely lowered.
The nationalists got 3.75% of the vote, which prevented them from winning seats in Bulgaria's 42nd General Assembly with a very narrow margin, as the threshold is 4%.
NFSB, however, would get a State subsidy as the threshold for the subsidy is 1%. For the nationalists it will amount to BGN 1.6 M.
The party leader and owner of the SKAT TV channel, Valeri Simeonov, is convinced there is a scheme to isolate his formation.
He explained for the Focus news agency that around 2:30 am in the morning after the elections, the vote percentage for his party has stopped growing all while the ballot protocols from smaller locations, where the party has strongest support, have not yet arrived for being counted.
Around the same time, the parallel exit poll of the National Center for the Study of Public Opinion was giving NFSB around 4.11%, according to Simeonov.
Simeonov, who is a former partner of the country's "top" nationalist, Volen Siderov, in the Ataka party, believes there was an orchestrated information blackout about his new formation.
In November 2009, ten municipal councilors in the Black Sea city of Burgas, including Simeonov, cancelled their Ataka membership and declared themselves independent.
The former leader of the Ataka party group in Burgas, Simeonov then stated that he "absolutely disagreed with the parliamentary group of Ataka and the leadership of the party on policy issues."
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