Over 90% of Bulgarians Approve of Proposed Law to Fight High-Level Graft - Poll

Domestic | March 3, 2016, Thursday // 14:58|  views

Nearly two-thirds of Bulgarians approve of the proposed merging of the country’s existing anti-graft state agencies into a single body dedicated to fighting corruption, a new survey conducted by Gallup International has shown.

A snap poll of 1,012 Bulgarian citizens aged 18+ has also shown that a staggering 91% of respondents support the adoption of a special law to combat high-level graft. The maximum margin of error in the survey was 3.1%

“The public perception of lack of efficiency in the fight against corruption makes respondents feel that an overhaul of the anti-graft bodies will do no harm,” Gallup International said in a statement unveiling the results of the survey on Thursday.

The creation of a single anti-corruption body with extensive powers to investigate high-level officials in the central and local governments, especially those in charge of managing public funds, senior members of the military as well as members of the judiciary is the centerpiece of a new version of an anti-corruption draft bill which the Bulgarian government discussed  at its weekly meeting on Wednesday.

Eighty-eight percent approved of the proposal to conduct anti-corruption checks of partners in life of high-level officials, 67% supported the proposed restriction of contacts in private between politicians and members of the judiciary, and 77% approved of provocation to bribery as a tool of testing officials’ propensity for corruption.

The controversial proposal in the draft bill to investigate anonymous tips about suspected corruption at various levels of power was approved in principle by 74% of respondents.

The fear of signing a tip to the anti-graft authorities is a direct result of the lack of trust in state institutions and the expectation of failure in uncovering corruption schemes, Gallup International commented.

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