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Commenting article: Bulgaria's Chief Prosecutor Insists Voting System Referendum 'Is Mandatory'

Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov has spoken out against a move of the country's election authorities to declare "non-binding" a referendum on the election system of the country.

Turnout in the national poll, conducted in November, fell short of just over 12 000 votes that would have made its result obligatory.

Nearly 2.5 million people backed a switch from proportional representation voting to a "first-past-the-post systme in two rounds". They also backed a move to make it mandatory to vote both in elections and referenda (elections are already compulsory under fresh legislation) and a drastic slash in the size of state subsidies allocated to political parties per vote cast in their favour.

Ivailo Ivanov - 11 Dec 2016 // 14:41:28

The majority of the Bulgarians boycotted the referendum. The old women in the villages that voted YES did not have a clue that they are voting for \"first-past-the-post system in two rounds\". This referendum is entirely product of media engineering designed to exert pressure on the Bulgarian political formations to distract them from doing their jobs... who designed it??? it is easy to guess. Who is the main sponsor of BTV??

Ivailo Ivanov - 11 Dec 2016 // 14:51:59

From 6 832 000 eligible to vote only 2.5 000 000 supported the referendum and between them the less informed parts of the society.

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