Bulgarian referendum committee targets late October for plebiscite

Bulgaria’s initiative committee in support of an electoral rules referendum is targeting late October as the most likely date for the plebiscite and has asked Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov to start the clock on the one month period to amend its petition.

Last week, Bulgaria’s Civil Registry said that it found 108 286 invalid entries among the 561 528 signatures submitted by the committee in March, which puts the petition 36 674 short of the 500 000 signatures threshold needed to trigger the referendum.

On May 19, the committee’s chairperson, Georgi Bliznashki, told reporters that the committee was prepared to fix the errors found by the Civil Registry check and resubmit the petition.

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