Parliament Overrides President's Veto of Election Code Amendments
Thursday, 07 March 2019
The ruling majority on Wednesday overrode President Rumen Radev's veto of recent amendments to the Election Code. The amended law will be sent to the President to decree its promulgation in the State Gazette within seven days from now, National Assembly Chair Tsveta Karayancheva said. A total of 154 MPs voted against the veto. The BSP For Bulgaria parliamentary group is boycotting the parliamentary sittings, BNA reports.
The rejection of the veto was expected after the National Assembly's Legal Affairs Committee overturned it on Tuesday by 14 votes against.
Radev imposed the veto partly because he objected to raising the preference voting threshold which would practically rob preference voting of its meaning. Preference voting allows voters to mark their preference for a candidate on a party ticket and thus improve his or her chances of being elected. Radev also had objections about the limitation of machine voting and other provisions. His arguments were divided into five groups.
The Election Code saga comes ahead of the European elections in May and Bulgarian local elections in the autumn.