22 parties, 7 coalitions register for Bulgaria’s snap elections (ROUNDUP)22 August 2014 | 02:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Twenty-two parties and seven coalitions have filed documents at the Commission. There were troubles with the registration of two parties – the Bulgarian Communist Party and the Other Bulgaria party.
Application for the registration of the Bulgarian Communist Party was filed at the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) twice,” said Alexandar Andreev, spokesperson of CEC, speaking at a briefing, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
Andreev added that 22 parties and 7 coalitions have filed documents at CEC to register for the early parliamentary elections that will be held on October 5.
“The first time the application for the Bulgarian Communist Party was filed by Zonka Spasova, in her capacity of chairperson and representative of the party. Later on yesterday there was another application filed by Krum Zahariev. His application was not accompanied by the needed documents for party’s registration. He did not present a subscription list with 2,500 voters’ signatories either.
Since the commission makes the registration according to documents under the second application of the Bulgarian Communist Party, the one filed by Krum Zahariev, CEC made a decision not to respect the application.
As far as the application of Zonka Spasova is concerned, the check ascertained that there were not enough signatories to the subscription list, and we issued a recommendation for the party to present the needed additional list with signatories of voters supporting the registration,” the expert explained.
Andreev added that the additional subscription list was filed yesterday and it was being checked at the moment.
As far as the Other Bulgaria party is concerned, the subscription list of the party was not in a structured manner as required under the Election Code and thus it was refused registration.
Andreev also informed that Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) held a meeting with international observers, who will monitor the early parliamentary elections that will be held in Bulgaria on October 5, 2014.
He added that the meeting took place on August 18. It was with a delegation of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and members of CEC. The meeting was organised at OSCE’s request.
“During the meeting the OSCE representatives asked questions about the organisation and holing of the elections and made recommendations about the electoral legislation,” Andreev remarked.
He explained that the recommendations were very long and they may be seen on the official website of the commission.
Andreev informed further that there would be experimental machine voting at the forthcoming early parliamentary elections on October 5, 2014.
The machine voting will not be joined to the ballot paper vote results, which is the only legal one.
Andreev explained that the CEC decided to provide machine voting at 500 polling stations in 10 constituencies.
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