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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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Daniel Smilov, political scientist: Weaknesses of GERB and BSP will cause voters in the European election to vacillate

Daniel Smilov, political scientist: Weaknesses of GERB and BSP will cause voters in the European election to vacillate

16 April 2019 | 12:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The weaknesses of GERB and BSP parties will cause voters in the European election to vacillate, political scientist Daniel Smilov told Focus Radio’s Good Morning, Bulgaria. He said the low turnout, which is typical of European Parliament elections, is a battle between the hard cores. According to the Smilov, the ruling GERB's main resource has always been its leader Boyko Borissov – his participation in the election campaign will compensate for the party’s otherwise standard candidate list. "Both GERB and the [opposition] Bulgarian Socialist Party are entering this campaign with very serious weaknesses. For GERB, things are obvious – with ApartmentGate, I suppose, many people would think twice about supporting the party. It is true that Borissov is taking measures, but they will hardly be sufficient from the point of view of all his supporters, not to mention GERB’s softer periphery. BSP has also its major weaknesses. They relied on the fact that the Prosecutor's Office had made rather far-fetched allegations against Elena Yoncheva, almost accusing her of participation in an organised criminal group together with Tsvetan Vassilev, which did not only puzzle the public but aroused sympathy for her in most people. I guess that’s why she was chosen to lead the party’s list. However, Elena Yoncheva has her own serious weaknesses as a candidate. In this sense, corruption is an issue for both GERB and BSP, and the voter will have difficulty in choosing between the two,” the political scientist explained. In his words, the out-of-parliament right parties united in the Democratic Bulgaria has the best chances among the smaller parties for a positive outcome at the European elections amid the hesitating GERB voters, if, however, they manage to run a vigorous campaign as the ApartmentGate has focused all the attention on the main parties in the political spectrum, and this is dangerous to the “out-of-parliament Right”.
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