Bulgaria's GERB Party Submits Proposals for Election Code Amendments

Business | June 28, 2013, Friday // 20:37
Bulgaria: Bulgaria's GERB Party Submits Proposals for Election Code Amendments GERB MP and former Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva, photo by BGNES

Three MPs of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, including former Parliament Chair Tsetska Tsacheva, submitted Friday their proposals for Election Code amendments.

Prior to submitting GERB's proposals, Tsacheva, as cited by news.bg, commented that the measures would guarantee greater representation of Bulgarian citizens in Parliament, which would in turn gain legitimacy.

GERB's bill envisages a mixed electoral system, 31 MPs elected by majority vote, and preference lists with a 5% threshold for the remaining 209 seats in Parliament.

The plan of GERB also alleviates the registration requirements for independent MP candidates by demanding that their bids be backed by no more than 1% of the people with voting rights in the respective constituency, yet no less than 1000 signatures.

The fee for participation in the elections is to be rather symbolic, at BGN 100.

The Election Code changes initiated by GERB also envisages boosting control functions of the Central Electoral Commission and a voter roll purge.

GERB also calls for lowering the threshold for enter ingParliament from 4% to 3%.

The center-right party insists that election papers and ballots for national elections should be printed at the printing house of the Bulgarian National Bank in order to minimize the risk of fraud.

Changes to election laws are among the top demands of protesters who have been calling for the resignation of Bulgaria's socialist-led government for over two weeks.

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