Bulgarian Socialist Party to Seek Moratorium on Electoral Code Changes

Domestic | June 4, 2016, Saturday // 16:14|  views

Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) leader Korneliya Ninova. Photo: BGNES

The largest opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) will seek a moratorium on further proposed changes to the Electoral Code, which had been sought immediately after the adoption of the latest controversial amendments restricting the right of Bulgarians abroad to vote.

This was stated by the recently elected leader of BSP, Korneliya Ninova, at a meeting of the party's national council on Saturday.

Ninova proposed the parliamentary group of BSP to table to parliament a draft decision for the imposition of such moratorium.

According to her, no changes should be made until the Constitutional Court issues its ruling on the constitutionality of three of the questions featured in a six-point referendum that parliament approved to be held with the forthcoming presidential elections in the autumn and until the holding of the referendum itself.

In her opinion, any changes made now will have to be amended again after the holding of the referendum in the autumn.

Ninova noted that any changes made now will demonstrate disrespect to the people and the Constitutional Court.

At the end of May, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev referred to the Constitutional Court three of the questions featured in the six-point referendum initiated by popular TV host Slavi Trifonov.

Plevneliev asked the court to check whether the following three questions are compatible with the constitution, namely the introduction of remote electronic voting, cutting the number of MPs in half from 240 to 120 and the direct election of the directors of the regional directorates of the interior ministry and the heads of district police departments.

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Tags: Bulgaria, electoral code, Referendum, Constitutional Court, BSP, Korneliya Ninova, Rosen Plevneliev, Slavi Trifonov


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