Bulgaria's President May Refer 'Protest Vote' Option to Top Court

Politics » DOMESTIC | October 16, 2016, Sunday // 10:30
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's President May Refer 'Protest Vote' Option to Top Court File photo, BGNES

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev has threatened to refer to the Constitutional Court of the country the "Not Voting for Anyone" option in the ballots that will be used in the presidential elections.

The option will be used for the first time on November 06 after amendments were introduced to the Electoral Code this spring, which also made it compulsory to vote.

Plevneliev has urged lawmakers to take their "responsible decision" and solve the problem before the vote is due.

While the option is valid in terms of voter turnout, it will not be taken into account when calculating the result.

This contradiction requires from MPs to change the method of result calculation, the head of state has told bTV.

"This vote becomes illegimitate when support for different candidates is being counted," Plevneliev has warned.

 

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