Bulgarian Caretaker PM Scolds Opposition, Vows Fair Vote
Bulgarian caretaker Prime Minister Marin Raykov has criticized political leaders for “breaking the pre-election silence” ahead of Sunday’s crucial general election in the country.
Raykov apparently referred to the strong statements made by opposition leaders following the shocking revelation that a total of 350 000 illegal ballots have been seized by prosecutors and security agents.
The questionable ballots were seized from the premises of Multiprint, the company commissioned by the government to print the official election ballots. Multiprint is owned by a municipal councilor from the center-right GERB party. The news prompted opposition leaders to accuse GERB of an attempted large-scale election fraud.
“These political reactions should not stand in the way of the Bulgarian citizens’ wish to exercise their right to vote,” Raykov declared after voting on Sunday.
He urged the Central Electoral Committee to establish whether some parties broke the pre-election silence by commenting on the case on Saturday.
The caretaker Prime Minister further assured that the election has been organized in a fully fair manner.
The center-right GERB government of former PM Boyko Borisov resigned amid massive protests against corruption and poverty in February, prompting President Rosen Plevneliev to adjourn the Parliament, appoint a caretaker Cabinet and schedule snap elections for May 12.
Recent opinion polls indicate that GERB and the Bulgarian Socialist Party are nearly tied in Sunday’s vote.
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