Bulgaria's Constitutional Court, the Rubber Plant in the Living Room

Editorial |Author: Irina Samokovska | November 24, 2011, Thursday // 14:20|  views

In the course of two days, Bulgaria's Constitutional Court (KS) made headlines.

In a November 22 decision, KS revoked revoked a set of amendments to the Diplomatic Service Act banning former State Security agents from taking up key diplomatic posts.

In a November 24 decision, KS admitted the request for a substantive examination of the legality of the end-October presidential elections filed by 71 MPs of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) and the nationalist party Ataka.

Although KS is tasked with the essential mission of ensuring the observance of Bulgaria's Supreme Law, its recent rulings delineated a largely hypothetical world in which both the directly affected parties and the common people refused to believe.

In this hypothetical world, Rosen Plevneliev, President-Elect on GERB's ticket, would not rush to recall Bulgarian Ambassadors over their ties to the communist-era secret service (DS) because he would fear impeachment by Parliament over breaches of the Constitution.

The scenario is automatically rendered unthinkable by center-right ruling party GERB's117 MPs in Bulgaria's 240-member Parliament.

In the same hypothetical world, President-Elect would start fearing ceasing to be President-Elect due to a potential cancellation of the results of the vote for a head of state.

However, KS is not likely to be able to summon the resources to gather enough evidence to prove election fraud and irregularities such as eligible voters erroneously deleted from voter lists, transparent ballots, unauthorized access to ballot papers, ballot bags left unattended, faulty election protocols, poor distribution of voters per polling station, etc, given that the task already proved daunting for the Central Electoral Commission (CEC).

The hypothetical world that could have happened if the Constitutional Court's decisions stood chances of being applied would be a world where the Constitution, the rule of law and democracy reigned supreme.

For the time being, however, Bulgarians are stuck with the world as it is, a world where they are free to enjoy the Constitutional Court of a rubber plant in the country's living room.

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Tags: Constitutional Court, Rosen Plevneliev, Diplomatic Service Act, State Security, DS, Central Electoral Comission, CEC, presidential elecitons, election fraud


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