Indictment Filed against Bulgarian Official in ‘Fake Ballots’ Case
An indictment has been filed against Rosen Zhelyazkov, a former Chief Secretary of Bulgaria’s Council of Ministers
The charges stem from the case in which alleged “illegal ballots” were discovered at a printing house in Kostinbrod, near Sofia, hours ahead of the May 12 early general elections.
According to the prosecution, Zhelyazkov failed to exercise proper control over the printing house "Multiprint" in order to provide benefits for its owner.
A total of 351 000 ballots above the contracted ones were found in the printing house in the wake of the elections.
The contract included a clause with requirements to exercise strict control on the printing process.
The prosecutors insist that there were many negative results from Zelyazkov's actions such as generating voters' mistrust in the election process and in the authorities.
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