"I Do Not Support Anyone" Votes To Be Valid in Presidential Elections Outcome

Politics » DOMESTIC | October 25, 2016, Tuesday // 17:17
Bulgaria: "I Do Not Support Anyone" Votes To Be Valid in Presidential Elections Outcome BGNES

The “I do not support anyone” votes will be counted when determining the outcome of the presidential elections. Deputies in the legal commission took this decision without any debates with 10 votes “for” and 6 abstentions.

It is expected that amendments to the Electoral Code will be approved in Parliament at second reading on Wednesday.

The emergency amendment of the Electoral Code days before the elections was made necessary by the method of determining the outcome of the presidential vote.

The reason was that, until now, the votes “I do not support anyone” were considered valid only in terms of electoral activity and not when determining the final outcome.  

According to constitutional experts, this method contradicts the constitution, which requires that all valid votes be counted, and may lead to disputes with respect to the outcome of the elections.

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