Bulgarian Parliament Elects New Chairperson of Central Election Commission
There Is Such a People (TISP), the second largest group in the Parliament elected on April 4, made a nomination for chairperson of the new Central Election Commission (CEC) after the first and only nomination was withdrawn by GERB on Thursday. TISP put forward Kamelia Neykova, a former CEC spokesperson, during new consultations with President Rumen Radev on Friday.
The consultations were scheduled by the President's Office shortly after GERB said that they were pulling out their nominee
for the top position at CEC, Krassimir Tsipov, as they suspected that all other parliamentary groups had conspired to blame him for any failure by CEC to fulfill the duties assigned to it by a newly revised Election Code.
After Neykova's nomination, Radev said that everything was clear now and he would appoint her to be the CEC chairperson. He
thanked the participants in the consultations for being cooperative and responsible, and making sure the new CEC will be formed in time.
That conclusion was preceded by heated exchanges in which GERB were accused by the rest of shunning responsibility as they said they did not want to be on the CEC leadership. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms suggested that the new CEC may function without a chairperson but the President's legal adviser, Emilia Droumeva, said the law does not allow that.
After that, Neykova was prompted elected. GERB-UDF will have four representatives in the CEC, There Is Such a People and BSP
for Bulgaria will have three each, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms and Democratic Bulgaria two each, and Stand Up! Mafiosi
The new CEC will be responsible for organizing new general elections after all three attempts to form a government within
the new Parliament failed. President Radev has said that July 11 is the likely date for the elections.
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