Bulgaria's Parliament Defeats President's Partial Veto on Election Code

Bulgaria's Parliament Defeats President's Partial Veto on Election Code

Bulgaria's parliament rejected on Tuesday a presidential veto on certain provisions of the country's new  Election Code related to preference and electronic voting and the rules for electing the members of the Central Election Commission, the legislature said.

The president's veto was defeated in a 138 to 80 vote, parliament said in a statement on its website.

Last month the National Assembly adopted a new Election Code, introducing an option for preference vote and machine voting but not for electronic voting, as proposed by the opposition. It also voted down a proposal by the opposition that part of the MPs be elected by a majoritarian principle.

A week later president Rosen Plevneliev imposed a partial veto on the new Election Code, objecting to the 7.0% barrier for voting preference as being too high, and to the introduction of machine voting instead of electronic voting, which he described as return to old technology instead of looking to the future. He also objected to the rules for the constitution of the Central Election Commission, under which its members will not be required to have relevant expertise.

Under the new Election Code, the members of parliament will continue to be elected by proportional representation in multi-seat constituencies. Voters will have the right to note a preference for a certain candidate in the candidate list.

The 240 members of the National Assembly are elected for a four-year term. Political parties must poll a minimum of 4.0% of the national vote in order to enter the National Assembly.

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