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Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on New Election Code

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Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on New Election Code: Bulgarian Parliament to Vote on New Election Code The building of the Bulgarian Parliament in downtown Sofia, file photo

Bulgarian Parliament will vote Thursday at second reading the draft Election Code.

The draft was submitted by a group of MPs from the ad-hoc committee working on it, led by the committee's Chair, Maya Manolova, who is a Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and MP from the ruling left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

On Wednesday, the MPs rejected the proposal of the formerly-ruling opposition centrist Citizens for European Development of Bulgarian party (GERB) to have a mandatory vote, while the one of the liberal, predominantly ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) to remove the requirement for permanent residency was postponed.

About 15 of the total of 500 articles in the draft were debated Wednesday before the session was adjourned due to lack of quorum even though the lawmakers voted earlier to have an extended workday.

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