Parvan Simeonov, political scientist: The rejection of machine voting is a political disgrace13 December 2018 | 14:34 | FOCUS News Agency
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13 December 2018 | 14:02 | FOCUS News Agencyпрочети затвори
Sofia. By Constitution, the place to debate on the Electoral Code is the Parliament, GERB MP Danail Kirilov said to reporters when asked why his party did not attend the discussion organised by the president, Focus News Agency reports. “Nevertheless, we are not against a broad public discussion and the president organising such events. As far as I understand Central Election Commission representatives are taking part, which is good because they will present both their analysis and the audit carried out by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on the experiments as required by law, as well as the audit by the Sofia University. There is nothing wrong to talk about it, it is bad if someone tries to distort objective facts and replace them with quite different findings,” Kirilov said. The president’s administration was not specifically invited when the draft bill was discussed at the parliament committee, but its public agenda implied an invitation to everybody, the committee chairman explained.Open in new tab
13 December 2018 | 12:54 | FOCUS News Agencyпрочети затвори
Sofia. The problems in the electoral process are growing considerably, there are reports of manipulated protocols, President Rumen Radev said during a discussion on election transparency and credibility, Focus News Agency reports. The legitimacy of the political system depends on the credibility of the election results, he stressed, noting the proximity of two elections next year. “Transparency is the most important. Transparency is one of the principles on which the election credibility is based,” he said. He mentioned reported irregularities in the counting of ballots, the drafting of protocols and their handover by the commissions. According to him, machine voting could help reduce the high share of invalid ballot-papers in Bulgaria, 5-6.3%, enough to affect representation in parliament. He said the reasons could be low literacy, poor preparation of the commissions, or conscious manipulation of the ballot-papers and the protocols. He went on saying that it was incorrect to place the whole responsibility for the lack of machine voting on the Central Election Commission, as the executive has to logistically and technically support the elections, according to the electoral code.Open in new tab