Bulgarian MPs Decide Only Question on E-Voting to Appear on Referendum

Politics » DOMESTIC | July 28, 2015, Tuesday // 17:42
Bulgaria: Bulgarian MPs Decide Only Question on E-Voting to Appear on Referendum Plenary chamber of Bulgaria's National Assembly. Photo: BGNES

The referendum, which has been proposed by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, will feature only the question concerning the introduction of remote electronic voting.

This was decided by the Bulgarian Parliament on Tuesday with 131 MPs voting in favour, 41 voting against, while three abstained, daily Dnevnik reports.

The proposal of Plevneliev, who presented the questions to parliament earlier on Tuesday, featured three questions – the introduction of majority voting, compulsory voting and electronic voting.

The referendum will be held together with the local elections, which are scheduled to take place on October 25.

The MPs supporting the inclusion of electronic voting in the referendum came from the two parties participating in the government – GERB and the Reformist Bloc (RB), one of the parties supporting the ruling coalition – ABV and two opposition parties – DPS and the Bulgarian Democratic Centre (BDC).

The MPs voting against came from the largest opposition party - BSP, one of parties supporting the ruling coalition - the Patriotic Front (PF), and one GERB MP.

The MPs opposed the inclusion of the questions on majority voting and compulsory voting in the referendum.

The question on compulsory voting initially garnered the support of 98 MPs (GERB, RB, ABV), 58 were against and 25 abstained.

After a re-voting was demanded, only 80 MPs voted in favour, 59 were against and 25 abstained.

GERB and ABV were the only parties to support the inclusion of the question on majority voting in the referendum.

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Tags: Bulgaria, Referendum, local elections, compulsory voting, electronic voting, majority voting, Rosen Plevneliev, GERB, RB, PF, ABV, BSP, DPS, BDC
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