National Ombudsman Submits Bills Introducing Majoritarian System for Parliamentary Elections
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
National Ombudsman Maya Manolova and members of the Initiative Committee for the 2016 National Referendum Monday submitted draft amendments to the Election Code to the National Assembly.
The bill introduces a two-round majoritarian system for parliamentary elections and, to this end, establishes 231 equal single-member constituencies in the country and nine single-member constituencies abroad. To avoid a distortion of the results, the draft proposes that the right to elect MPs in the single-member constituencies in Bulgaria be limited to Bulgarian citizens who have resided in the constituency concerned at least during the last six months.
"As a National Ombudsman, I drafted and presented this bill in order to defend the will that Bulgarian citizens expressed at the referendum," Manolova said. She pointed out that in writing the draft she drew on ideas and suggestions of independent experts and members of the committee that initiated the referendum. The Ombudsman recalled that more than two and a half million Bulgarians voted in favour of a two-round majoritarian system with absolute majority. In her words, the bill is not perfect and can be improved, but she hopes it will serve as a point of departure for the forthcoming discussions and debate. Manolova expects the parties to submit their own bills, so that the best legislative solutions could be adopted.