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The campaign for the European election begins

The campaign for the European election begins

26 April 2019 | 09:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The election campaign is starting for the European election that will be held on May 26. Today also marks the start of the pre-election radio and TV broadcasts about which the Central Election Commission (CEC) and the Council for Electronic Media signed an agreement with rules for transparency and objectivity.
Bulgaria elects 17 MEPs to the 751-seat European Parliament. The CEC let 13 parties, 8 coalitions and 6 initiative committees (independent) into the race. A total of 318 candidates will contest the election to the European Parliament, including one national of the Netherlands and one of Hungary. The barrier is 5.8%. The term for MEPs is 5 years.
For the first time Bulgarians will be given the opportunity to vote with machines in 3,000 polling stations across the country. The list of polling stations with voting machines is on the CEC website.
By April 30, Bulgarians could still ask for the opening of polling stations outside the country. This is done at the diplomatic and consular representations and on the CEC website. Until now, the number of requests is 4,482, including 4,221 through the CEC website.
The elections to the European Parliament will be held between May 23 and 26. All adult EU citizens can vote. The results from all 28 states will be announced on the evening of May 26.
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Aleksandar Andreev, election board: Machine voting will take place in all parts of the country

Aleksandar Andreev, election board: Machine voting will take place in all parts of the country

25 April 2019 | 15:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. There will be voting machines in all parts of the country, Central Election Commission Spokesperson Aleksandar Andreev said at a briefing, Focus News Agency reports. Ciela Norma has been awarded a contract to provide the 3,000 machines through hiring. The commission has also decided which polling stations will have voting machines and will soon publish the list on its website, Andreev said. The contract with the company will be concluded in the coming days, and the machines will be delivered to the stations by May 25.
A total of 318 candidates will participate in the election to the European Parliament, including 13 parties, 8 coalitions and 6 independent candidates.
Until now CEC has received 20 complaints and 5 reports of irregularities, one of which is about abuse of personal data and has been forwarded to the Commission for Personal Data Protection.
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Fierce election campaign with duels on top to take place next month: Vasil Tonchev, sociologist

Fierce election campaign with duels on top to take place next month: Vasil Tonchev, sociologist

22 April 2019 | 09:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. A fierce election campaign with duels on top will take place next month, sociologist Vasil Tonchev told Focus Radio’s Good Morning, Bulgaria. In his words, the uncertainty of the two main opponents about the winner suggests a sharper tone on both sides. While the ruling GERB sees the European election campaign as a successful continuation of the EU presidency, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) stake on the need for change, he said. "It seems that BSP will reverse the trend. If we go back a few years, by January, among those that declared firm decision to vote, the Left were leading by 1%. In March GERB was leading by 3%. At present, data suggests about a percent or two in favour of the Socialists. It seems that the BSP managed to break the trend in its favour with its talking and electoral platform. A little over 2 million, about 2 million and 100,000 voters will respond to the EP elections, according to their statements in the polls we are conducting. A result of just over 30% is expected for the two leading political forces, which means a big fight on top,” he said. He further said that the European topic will also be an important factor for the final choice on 26 May.
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