Strong security measures for Bulgaria’s May 25 European Parliament elections

More than 12 400 police will be on duty as part of security measures when Bulgarians vote in the country’s May 25 2014 European Parliament elections.

A total of 11 658 polling stations are to be opened across the country and there will be 101 mobile voting booths.

Most polling stations are in schools, and a few days ahead of the elections, inspections were done of security and fire safety aspects.

Also checked was that each place where voters will cast their ballots cannot be seen from outside, to prevent attempts to monitor how people are voting.

A further security check was scheduled for May 24, when precinct election commissions were due to receive ballot papers, lists of voters and voting process report forms. The polling stations were then to be formally sealed until they open on the morning of May 25 for voting.

The Interior Ministry has announced a telephone number and e-mail address to report incidents of electoral law being broken. These are 02/982 22 32 and [email protected].

Police issued a reminder that people behaving in disorderly manner, or who are carrying weapons or dangerous objects, will be not be admitted to polling stations.

Also barred by law is the use of mobile phones, cameras or any other electronic device to record voting.

There will also be voting by Bulgarians abroad, at total of 168 polling stations in 35 countries.

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The Sofia Globe staff

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