Bulgaria’s caretaker Cabinet, at its first meeting on January 30, approved a budget of 29.9 million leva (about 15.3 million euro) for the early parliamentary elections to be held on March 26.
This sum includes items such as 7.65 million for the Central Election Commission, 5.9 million for IT-related costs for ensuring the elections and recording voting results, 14.9 million from the Cabinet budget for organisational and technical preparation of the elections, 1.5 million for the Foreign Ministry to organise the international election press centre and a million leva for “media packages” for parties and coalitions to buy advertising space.
A Cabinet media statement said that the funding for the elections would come from restructuring of expenditures and transfers from the national Budget 2017.
Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov’s Cabinet put Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, in charge of internal order and security, in overall charge of the co-ordination of preparations for the elections.
Yanev will also be responsible for the organisation of voting arrangements for Bulgarians abroad, and will work with the CEC on co-ordinating procedures for producing and securing ballot papers and other election-related documentation.
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