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Bulgarian Socialist Party Submits Draft Election Code

Politics » DOMESTIC | December 12, 2013, Thursday // 19:49| Views: 921 | Comments: 1
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Bulgaria: Bulgarian Socialist Party Submits Draft Election Code Maya Manolova, Deputy Parliament Speaker and socialist MP, photo by BGNES

The Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has submitted to Parliament a draft Election Code.

Deputy Parliament Speaker and socialist MP Maya Manolova explained Thursday that the draft Election Code of BSP included provisions on introducing machine voting, on the method of distributing mandates, on electing professional election administration, etc.

She said that the new election legislation included many of the proposals put forth by civic organizations.

Manolova, who chaired the ad-hoc parliamentary committee tasked with drafting a new Election Code, informed that the project envisaged preference vote, the threshold being 7%, and a single integral ballot paper.

She pointed out that the election papers will be printed by the Bulgarian National Bank under the oversight of the Finance Ministry.

The socialist MP suggested that the aim was to gradually introduce active voter registration and tidy up voter rolls.

She assured that the new election rules guaranteed equal treatment of the candidates during the media campaign and transparent election administration.

Manolova also said that the draft Election Code of BSP required observers and media representatives to be present at each and every stage of the election process.

She claimed that the voting procedure for Bulgarians abroad would be simplified, as well as the requirements for the registration of independent candidates, adding that the new rules paved the way for fair elections, at the same time erecting barriers to fraud and manipulation.

Manolova, as cited by the BGNES news agency, told journalists that the residency requirement, as well as the day of reflection, had been preserved.

She commented that mandatory voting could only be introduced after changes to the Constitution, adding that the step was hardly likely to prove the easy solution to the problems, and that many countries were giving up the practice.

She invited other parliamentary groups to submit the draft Election Codes they had prepared by end-2013, so that the proposals could be discussed in Parliament after the New Year holidays.

Manolova specified that under this scenario, Bulgaria's new Election Code could be adopted in end-January or early February 2014.

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Optimistic - 14 Dec 2013 // 14:14:34

It is great that there is no mention of removing the 4% rule.

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