Bulgaria will have to buy another 2,000 voting machines, if the Parliamentary and the Presidential elections are held on the same day, the Deputy Chairperson of the Central Election Commission Rositsa Mateva said for the BNR. A two-in-one election will be cheaper than two separate elections, because less money will be paid to the members of the election commissions, for logistics of ballot papers, voting machines, etc. Travel and subsistence expenses will be lower as well.
In Rositsa Mateva’s view, the Parliamentary elections and the first round of the Presidential elections should be held on the same day. If the Parliamentary and the Presidential elections are held seperately, the Central Election Commission will need at least two weeks between the two elections to readjust the software of the voting machines, noted Rositsa Mateva.