Bulgarian caretaker PM Gerdzhikov: ‘Election Commission slept for two months’

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Bulgaria - No comments

According to the head of Bulgaria’s interim government, Prime Minister Prof. Ognyan Gerdzhikov, 23 million Leva, the equivalent of approximately 12 million Euro, are ready to be spent on voting machines for the parliamentary elections scheduled for March 26th, 2017. Gerdzhikov said so in an interview with the private TV channel bTV.

He also accused the Central Election Commission (CEC) of neglect. “The CEC slept for two months”, the Prime Minister said, instead of announcing a procurement for voting machines. Gerdzhikov stated, one option was to get voting machines from The Netherlands.

He also said, if the procurement did not lead to any offers, the elections would have to be held the old way, with paper ballots. But there was a risk that people would try to have the election outcome annulled. In that case, the Constitutional Court would have to say whether there was a violation or not.

In the meantime, 18 parties and nine coalitions submitted registration documents to the CEC.

For all details, please read this article by The Sofia Globe.

Our full article on all developments connected to the elections in German can be found here.

By F&F Magazine staff

On the photo: Caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov. Photo source: BNT/Youtube

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