Bulgaria's Cap on Number of Polling Stations Abroad to Be Abolished for EU

Domestic | October 19, 2016, Wednesday // 19:01|  views


The restriction for the opening of up to 35 electoral sections will be abolished for EU member-states but it will remain valid for the rest of the world, decided deputies in the legal commission who discussed at first reading the 12 draft bills for amendments to the Electoral Code.

17 days remain until the presidential elections.

GERB’s proposal for the Central Election Commission (CEC) to allow, when necessary, voting, including on election day itself, in electoral sections abroad with more than one ballot box was also adopted.

Two proposals regarding the “I do not support anyone” square were adopted.

The first is GERB’s proposal that this type of vote be considered valid in all types of elections.

The second proposal was submitted by GERB, the Reformist Bloc and the Patriotic Front after their meeting with PM Borisov in order to heal the cracks in the coalition.  

It envisages that in majoritarian elections (for president and vice president, as well as mayoral elections) the “I do not support anyone” vote be considered valid. However, it will not be considered valid in proportional elections (for Parliament, municipal councils) in order not to raise artificially the threshold of 4% for entering Parliament. This proposal was also adopted.

The proposal to abolish compulsory voting was not adopted.

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Tags: Bulgarians abroad, Central Electoral Commission


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