Populist Party Requests Annulment of Bulgarian Vote in Turkey
Bulgarian Order, Law and Justice (RZS) party has requested an annulment of ballots cast in Turkey for Bulgaria's May 12 early general elections over what they claimed were a number of irregularities at polling stations in Bulgaria's neighbor.
Monday RZS leader Yane Yanev stated that he has already talked to Bulgaria's caretaker PM Marin Raykov, who had promised to refer the party's request to the Constitutional Court.
In Bulgaria, the Constitutional Court is the institution that can mandate partial cancellation of election results, but it cannot be addressed by parties or citizens.
Raykov later released a statement saying that he had given no committments to any political parties.
Accoring to RZS functionary Emil Vasilev, election violations in Turkey were "drastic and astounding."
He said that they included people voting multiple times at different polling stations.
"After elections 2009, the Constitutional Court found 18,000 invalid votes. Now we are arguing for 60,000," said Vasilev.
RZS recalled its similar appeal to the Court after Bulgaria's last general elections, which proved successful.
According to Vasilev, if election results from Turkey polling stations are cancelled, this will lead to a re-distribution of seats in parliament away from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, which is known to be supported by many of ethnic Turkish Bulgarian citizens.
As things stand now, former ruling center-right GERB party has 97 MPs, the Bulgarian Socialist Party - 84, the Movement - 36, and nationalists Ataka - the remaining 23 MPs.
The Order, Law and Justice party, which was represented in Bulgaria's last parliament, scored only 1.67% of the vote this time over, well below the 4% hurdle.
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Tania, the sordid details on the Turkish "vote" are here:
Former Commie agent Mestan must be sweating over this a little, although I'm sure his pals in the CEC and judiciary will ensure this story is just glossed over.
Just 28 seconds per vote in Turkey which includes validating the voters credentials, providing the ballot, explaining the voting process, the voter going behind the curtain to tick the box and submitting the ballot - Bravo, this is a record the electoral authorities should justifiably be proud of. No wonder Seedy is convinced his Fez wearing chums are the new ?bermensch!