Bulgaria's Referendum: Main Ruling Party Mulls Backing Switch to Majority System

Politics » DOMESTIC | November 9, 2016, Wednesday // 14:45
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Referendum: Main Ruling Party Mulls Backing Switch to Majority System Tsveta Karayancheva, deputy head of Bulgaria's GERB party. File photo, BGNES

The deputy head of Bulgaria's biggest party GERB has said its lawmakers consider voting "yes" to all three changes to the electoral system overwhelmingly backed in a referendum on Sunday.

Bulgaria's biggest opposition force BSP, may also support the introduction of a majority system and a reduction of subsidies, party leader Korneliya Ninova, later told the Bulgarian National Radio.

Bulgarian voters were asked to have a say on the introduction of a first-past-the-post system, compulsory voting, and a drastic cut in state subsidies earned by parties per each vote received.

While the national poll fell short of the activity threshold that would have made its result binding, turnout was enough to trigger a vote in Parliament.

GERB party has the biggest number of lawmakers in Bulgaria's Parliament, but these make up for just over a third of 240 lawmakers. However, if they garner big enough support, Bulgaria may switch from a proportional representation system to a majority system in two rounds.

However, a proposal to decrease state subsidies to BGN 1 per vote, down from BGB 11, may face resistance, with lawmakers finally opting for a milder cut, news website Dnevnik.bg quotes GERB officials as saying.

 

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