12% of Bulgarians Enter Risk Vote Buying Group

Politics » ELECTIONS 2009 | September 8, 2009, Tuesday // 19:47
12% of Bulgarians Enter Risk Vote Buying Group: 12% of Bulgarians Enter Risk Vote Buying Group The “controlled vote” is still wide-spread in Bulgaria, data from Transparency without Borders reveals. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

A staggering 12% of all Bulgarians enter the so-called risk vote buying group, the experts from Transparency without Borders reported Tuesday.

The risk group includes people who witnessed vote buying, people who had been offered money for their vote or their relatives had been offered money, and people who had sold their vote.

The Transparency without Borders data shows that this percentage has not changed much over the years or with different elections. The "at risk" individuals are not from any particular ethnic group, but rather people with low political culture.

On the base of the 12% and the electoral map of the registered violations the experts also presented the "index of the controlled vote" where 0 is a completely controlled vote while 10 stands for full freedom of elections. This index has been just 3,5 for the last general elections and 4,7 for the elections for European Parliament.

The data, the experts say, is a source of serious alarm, adding the low index had been somewhat corrected by the high voters' turnout.

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