Bulgarian Socialists Present New Election Code before Diplomats
Bulgaria's new draft Election Code, which is now debated on second reading in the respective Committee, will be voted in plenary hall this week.
The announcement was made Monday by the Committee's Chair, Maya Manolova, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).
Manolova spoke during a meeting under the motto "The New Election Code – Guarantee for Fair Elections." At it, Manolova and BSP leader Sergey Stanishev presented the draft Code before ambassadors of EU Member and Candidate Member States, of the US, the Russian Federation and representatives of the EU information center.
"Bulgarians have huge expectations for fair rules and fair vote; they want motivation to go to the polls," Manolova said, stressing the need of new Code has been prompted by chaos and manipulations during elections in 2011 and 2013 and by international standards.
She listed as advantages of the new code: adherence to recommendations of international organizations; having observers in all election stages; inclusion of representatives of the opposition in electoral committees and transparency in the committees' work; a professional Central Electoral Committee (CEC), corrected voter registration lists, and a reasonable deadline to appeal results before CEC.
The meeting was held in the Parliament.
Several Bulgarian news sites, including OFFNews, report that media were asked to leave after Manolova's presentation, prior to the discussion with ambassadors, and were told to wait for the upcoming briefing.
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