Bulgaria's State Polling Agency to Be Prosecuted
Bulgarian Parliament Chair Mihail Mikov will refer the work of the National Center for Study of Public Opinion (NCIOM) to the supervision of the Bulgaria’s Prosecutor’s Office on account of ungrounded remunerations and appointments of its employees.
NCIOM will be referred to the Prosecutor’s Office in Bulgaria due to data found out in an audit report for the period of 1 of January 2012 to 30 June 2013 where it was indicated that unjustifiable rewards and fees had been sent to the employees of the Center, announced Bulgarian newspaper Standard. The paper says no trace of any contracts signed on by the employees of NCIOM has been found in the documentation.
The head of the NCIOM Lidya Jordanova will be removed from office by common consent, according to local media.
The state-owned opinion research center conducted a poll last month showing that some 60% of Bulgarians back the ongoing anti-government protests in the country.
NCIOM also showed in July that the Socialist-endorsed government of Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski had started its term with a record-high 59% disapproval.
The National Center consists of 2 sociologists, 1 technical collaborator and 1accountant.The Budget that year is nearly 500 000 lv while last year it was less than 380 000lv. NCIPO can make contracts for different type of studies of the public opinion.
NCIOM was established on December 15 1989.
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