Bulgarian Socialist Leader: It Is Too Late To Change Election Code
Commenting on proposals of protesters for the introduction of majority voting, Sergey Stanishev, leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) has said that there is not enough time to amend the Election Code, given that President Rosen Plevneliev has already announced a date for the early elections.
In a Saturday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), BSP leader Stanishev, who is also President of the Party of European Socialists and a former Bulgarian PM (2005-2009), argued that majority voting would not allow control over oligarchs and cited the elections in 2009 as an illustration.
"We saw the outcome of majority voting in Bulgarian conditions in 2009.Does anyone know 31 MPs selected by majority voting? Think about it! In Bulgarian conditions, given the small electoral districts and the readiness of many Bulgarians to sell their vote, majority voting is the most direct way for oligarchy to buy not just MPs but to form entire groups which will be under their control," Stanishev stated.
He went on to comment on the implementation of the budget at the end of the rule of the government of center-right party GERB, stressing that the Cabinet had run up debts of around BGN 2B.
"For the last two months in office, the GERB government ran up debts of nearly BGN 2 B at the expense of the national budget, i.e. taxpayers, and the next government. Through these decisions, GERB allowed new obligations to pile up, which will hit the budget and the next government, limiting its scope for action. They are obviously accumulating resources which are being channeled to municipalities ruled by GERB so that they can buy votes," he suggested.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov and his GERB government resigned on February 20 amid mass nationwide protests over unbearable utility bills, low incomes, and high unemployment.
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