Bulgaria's President, Georgi Parvanov, has established April 12 as the date to begin consultations for appointing the country's Central Electoral Commission (CEC).
The information was reported Monday by the President's press office.
According to the new Election Code, passed by the Parliament at the end of last year, CEC will be permanent for all elections and is appointed by a presidential decree for a 5-year term. All parties and coalitions with a parliamentary group and with Members of the European Parliament will be represented.
For this reason, the President is holding consecutive talks with the ruling, center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, with the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), with the right-wing Blue Coalition, the far-right, nationalist Ataka party, the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), and with the National Movement for Stability and Prosperity (NMSP) of former Tsar and PM, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, because they have 2 MEPs.
Again, according to the Election Code, the CEC Chair is appointed on the proposal of the party with the most MPs while every political formation with MPs will have one Deputy Chair.
The new rules mandate the President appoints the Commission no later than three months after the Election Code becomes effective - it was published in the State Gazette at the end of February. /Source: Sofia News Agency/