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Balkans |  Bulgarian President Radev vetoes the election law

The statement issued by the Presidency of Bulgaria said that President Rumen Radev had vetoed the bill to amend the election law passed by the People’s Assembly for the 48th session and returned it to Parliament for discussion again.

In a statement to the press regarding the veto resolution, the President said, “As you know, automated voting has overcome one of the biggest flaws in our electoral process, the issue of void votes, and has helped tremendously in curtailing controlled voting. Therefore, I cannot accept that this law alters the features of voting.” Automated in practice. According to the changes, automated voting will no longer be a substitute for voting by ballot paper, but voting with paper ballot papers printed at the printing house of the Bulgarian National Bank (BNB). “I cannot accept that different conditions are put before political parties and only those who exceed The threshold of 4 percent has access to machine code.”

Radev said: “This law also contradicts the principle of secret balloting by voters.” Let’s imagine that in a ballot box, only one voter votes by machine or ballot paper. This hypothesis, he explained, is entirely possible, meaning that secret ballots will be revealed.

Nor does the President acknowledge the diminishing participation of Bulgarian citizens abroad in the electoral process and that the concept of remote electronic voting departs from legal peace.

From the veto reasons given in the decision, it is understood that Radev did not agree with the possibility of a mixed paper and machine ballot.

According to the amendments adopted in the logical part of the resolution, it is stated that the method of voting is left to the discretion of voters to choose between a paper ballot or voting by machine, rather than being imposed by law according to certain criteria. in most polls.

Further in the justification section, “The changes adopted not only replicate the method of voting without objective criteria, but also replace the advantage of automated voting as a type of electronic voting that takes place in a controlled environment. This contradicts the goal of voters having a choice between paper ballots.” And vote by machine, because in any case, the votes cast by the machine will be counted by the ballot box committee, and not by the machine.

Radev added that the automated voting included in the previous regulations of the election law was checked for compliance with the constitution, and added that both the general, equal, direct and personal use of the right to vote, voluntary and validity of the voter’s declaration of will, secret voting and the exercise of the right to vote. Draws attention to the fact that it provides legal guarantees.

source: CardZhalNews

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