Bulgarian Court Refuses to Cancel Presidential Elections

Bulgarian Court Refuses to Cancel Presidential Elections

Bulgaria's Constitutional Court turned down a claim submitted by 71 opposition MPs to cancel October's presidential elections which were won by the ruling party's candidate Rosen Plevneliev.

The court ruled that the election administration had been unprepared for the simultaneous conduct of presidential and municipal elections, but found no wrongdoing by the Central Election Commission.

According to the court, the allegations that shortcomings in the preparation of voting lists limited the voting rights of citizens were unfounded. Regarding complaints that the ballot was not secret because the ballot papers were transparent if held up to the light, the court said that most of the papers that it had examined did not deviate from the established legal standards.

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