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Commenting article: Bulgaria Socialists Want Annulment of Local Election Results over Vote Buying

Representatives of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) demanded Sunday the annulment of the results of the local elections, which took place in the southern Bulgarian town of Rakovski on Saturday, over alleged vote buying and election fraud.

The elections were won by the candidate of Sofia Mayor Borisov's party GERB, Ivan Antonov, who received 6 303 votes. The independent candidate supported by the BSP, Petar Antonov, got 4 350 votes.
NellieotAmerica - 1 Mar 2009 // 23:56:28

Vote buying? I don't buy it. Sure, I can take a sandwich or a cookie form a campaign volunteer, but that doesn't mean I will vote for his party when I get into the voting booth. Nothing can make me vote for someone other than the candidate of my choice. I am sure it is the same in Bulgaria, where the people are stubborn. I think the socialists are just being sore losers.

Philippe - 2 Mar 2009 // 03:21:29


vote buying in BG goes as follows: people vote, make a picture of their paper with their GSM, and show it later to the representatives, who pay a certain amount;

sad, but it happens;

fishbrain - 2 Mar 2009 // 12:46:58


I am just curious but how much do people get paid for votes? I would guess not more than a few levs or some products, correct?

Chushki - 2 Mar 2009 // 17:16:04

This is quite obviously a case of vote buying. How DARE these GERB buffoons insult the intelligence by claiming more Bulgarians voted for them than the BSP. It's simply outrageous, and the sooner the Darjavna Sigornost catch up with these people and beat some sense into them the better for all of us living in the glorious Peoples Republic.

NellieotAmerica - 2 Mar 2009 // 17:47:53

Sergey has a brilliant political future in Russia maybe. As politicians and connivers go, he is the pick of the litter. He will go far, just not in Bulgaria. Bulgarians are a stubborn and harsh people and they don't go in for hot air balloons like the Americans do. Bulgarians can read a man between the lines. You can fool a Bulgarian once - shame on you. You can't fool a Bulgarian twice.

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