Bulgarian Investigators Elect Supreme Judicial Council Member

Society | September 19, 2012, Wednesday // 09:07|  views

The latest EC report on Bulgaria’s progress on justice and home affairs has exposed the inefficient practices of the Supreme Judicial Council. Photo by BGNES

One member of Bulgaria's new Supreme Judicial Council, VSS, from the investigators' quota will be elected Wednesday.

The election will be held at Hall 3 of the National Palace of Culture, NDK.

The current VSS' mandate ends on October 3.

On Sunday, six members of VSS, from the judiciary quota were elected after twenty four hours of voting.

11 VSS members come from the parliamentary quota while the other 11 are from the professional one – 6 judges, 4 prosecutors and 1 investigator.

There are two candidates for the latter – the Deputy Head of the National Investigative Services, Rumen Georgiev, and one of his subordinates – investigator Koycho Truhchev.

According to the rule, the candidate must secure 50% of all votes plus one or 258 votes. In case of runoff, the one who collects more votes will be elected.

Georgiev has already been a member of VSS from 1999 to 20003. He is also the Chairman of the Investigators Chamber,

The prosecutors will elect their representatives on September 21, while the Members of the Parliament – on September 26.

The new VSS will be key for Bulgaria since it will elect the new chief prosecutor, and the president of the Supreme Court of Cassations.

The crucial election of the new VSS comes in the aftermath of several large-scale scandals in which the current one was entangled and the latest EC report on Bulgaria's five-year progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM), highlighting the misguided policies of VSS, the inconsistent application of the principle of independence of the judiciary and the implementation of reforms under external pressure.

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