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The large-scale corruption scandal implicating top-level government officials has cast a long shadow over Bulgaria's first MEP vote, according to Sofia mayor.
"The scandal killed Bulgarians' last hope of honest and ethical politics," mayor Boyko Borissov
The preferential vote, introduced for the first time in the country is the best thing that could happen to Bulgaria and this is an indication for a well functioning democracy, leader of the Union of Democratic Forces said after casting his ballot.
Bulgaria's ethnic Turkish party wants to show that the voting restrictions will in no way affect the party's turnout in the MEP vote, the ethnic leader Ahmed Dogan said after casting his ballot.
The leader of Bulgaria's nationalists Volen Siderov said he cast a ballot for the patriots, who will defend the national interests in the European parliament.
Turnout in Bulgaria's MEP vote across the country averaged 13.24% around 2 pm, the Central Election Commission announced.
On the first-ever MEP vote, the Bulgarian citizens will recognize the false action heroes and the bullies in politics, country's PM said after he cast his ballot in polling station N 43.
It is not a secret that there are certain politicians and businessm
It is possible the scandals on the tops of the judiciary and the executive powers, that marked the development of the MEP vote campaign, to make the voters hesitant, Bulgaria's president said after he cast his ballot on Sunday.
There is always a penal vo
The Parliament's Speaker Georgi Pirinski voted for Bulgaria's dignified presence in the European Parliament, he himself said after casting his ballot on the MEP vote day.
Only 4% of the Bulgarians eligible to vote have turned out at the polling stations to cast a ballot since the beginning of the MEP vote day, Central Election Commission (CEC) announced.
About 2,75 % was the turnout in Bulgaria's second largest city Plovd
Bulgarians eligible to vote can check via Internet in which polling station they can cast their vote for the candidates in the first-ever MEP vote in the country.
People can also obtain information for the polling stations abroad.
The Bulgarians must vote because they are all citizens and people, EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva said after she went out of the polling station on the MEPs vote day.
The leader of the GERB party was the first to cast his ballot in Bulgaria's MEP vote on Sunday.
The citizens of Bulgaria's west northern village of Drashan boycotted the first-ever MEP vote in the country, because of the potholed and dilapidated main road that passes through the village.
Nearly 2,000 policemen have been deployed to provide the security of the MEP vote in the capital Sofia. Here voters will be able to cast the ballot at 297 polling booths.
Over eight hundred journalists from 80 media will gather at the international press center at the National Palace of Culture to cover the first MEP vote in the country.
Foreign media interest in the MEP elections is considerably high considering the fact
Bulgaria opened 25 polling stations around the world for the first MEP vote in the country.
The most polling stations are in Germany, 4; three will be opened in Turkey and France, two in Serbia and Greece.
Bulgarians are heading to the polls on May 20 to elect 18 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). These are the first-ever European election for the country that joined the European Union on January 1, 2007.
A day before the first MEP vote, Bulgarians consider their vote for the 18 officials, who are going to represent the country in.
On 20 May Bulgarians are given the chance to choose which of the runners are most eligible to represent the country in the Eu
Support for Bulgaria's Socialists swelled in the last week of campaigning ahead of the European Parliament vote on Sunday, and they stand to gain the largest number of MEP seats, a poll showed on Friday.
The Socialists, the senior partner in Bulgaria's t
The European Union and the relatives of Libyan children infected with the HIV virus are in talks that could result in the release of five Bulgarian nurses, held in the northern African country, Darik News reported on Friday.
The compromise solution propo
The foreign ministers of the countries of the Central European Initiative gathered Friday in the Boyana residence at the invitation of Bulgaria's FM Ivaylo Kalfin.
The forum is in the framework of Bulgaria's president of the Initiative.
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