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Consequences from the ambiguous way of registration of voting-papers with the vote “I support nobody”

08.11.2016 г.
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Within the late two weeks we became witnesses of an extremely severe discussion regarding the contradicting and inconsecutive way of registration the “I support nobody” voting-paper and its influence over settlement of the voting results. The discussion indicates once again that while launching new changes in the election process the questions are to be considered thoroughly and multi-dimensionally with evaluation of all possible consequences. The questions set within public space are connected to at least three dimensions of the problem: judicial, statistical and political ones. As it happens the contradictory and inconsecutive rules create collision between legislation and social science principles thus generating a threat of unforeseeable consequences for the political life.

On the first place, the inconsecutive way of registration of the voting-paper thus filled in raises questions of judicial origin. On the one hand, the vote is treated as valid owing to the fact that the voting-paper unambiguously reflects the vote of the constituent. From a formal judicial point of view the decision to deem these voting-papers as valid ones seems logical.  This argument has its significance having in mind the fact that the constituent is obliged to vote with the last changes in the Electoral Law, with a foreseeable sanction of dropping the non-voters from the electoral lists.

At the same time, when calculating the election results these voting-papers are excluded from the counting, i.e. in practice they are treated as non-valid ones. From the point of view of the social sciences, and in particular, from the point of view of statistics, the non-registration of “I support nobody” voting-papers does not impact the concrete results of each separate candidate. Actually it keeps a condition that has ever been applied while determining the election results within the period from the beginning the democracy changes till present.

10 IRREGULARITIES TO PAY ATTENTION TO DURING THE ELECTION DAY

08.11.2016 г.
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When you enter the Precinct Commission to vote, pay attention whether the members of the Precinct Commission:

  • Provide the opportunity for independent voting, observing the privacy of the vote (for ex. no one is present closer than 3 meters from the “dark room”; no direct visibility inside the “dark room”, no presence of unidentified individuals in the polling section;
  • Handle the ballots according to regulations (ex. remove the ballot from the stack in front of you, place the first stamp, after voting they place the second stamp; tear the control number of the ballot paper in front of you);
  • Enter your ID data in the voters’ list and ask you to place your signature, after voting.

For any observed wrongdoings of the Precinct Election Commission or representatives of the political parties, you can complain to the District Election Commission. The DEC is obliged to adopt a decision on the case immediately.

In cases of suspected crimes as buying of votes, control or pressure over voters, when you notice:

  • Presence of persons without identifying badges, or proxies or party representatives, who witness how voters vote;
  • Organized transportation of voters, group voting;
  • Collecting voter ID cards or preparing lists of voter personal data;
  • Questioning of voters;
  • Exoneration of debts;
  • Distribution of foods, wood or other material goods;

do not hesitate to contact the Ministry of Interior. The representatives of the Ministry are competent to immediately terminate such activities.

In all cases of witnessed irregularities and wrongdoings during election day, you can signal the competent authorities. Transparency International-Bulgaria is also prepared to process your signals and complains on a free-of-charge hotline – 0800 11 224. Our legal team will help you with advice on how to protect your voter rights.

 

THE SHARE OF THE ORGANISATIONAL IRREGULARITIES IN THE ELECTION PROCESS GAINS PACE

08.11.2016 г.
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The intermediate results from the president elections and the national referendum supervision of TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL – Bulgaria indicate deficits within the instruction work process of the election committees.

On 6 November 2016 TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL – Bulgaria – the Bulgarian national chapter of the international anti-corruption organization TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL  – performed supervision of the first tour of the president elections and the national referendum. The initiative is carried out as a response of the public expectations for an independent civil monitoring of the election process and represents the organizational aim to help increasing transparency and integrity within the political life in the country.

The monitoring of the election process was implemented with the cooperation of more than 100 supervisors in the whole country and in partnership with 26 civil organizations.  TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL – Bulgaria received signals for election process violations at the hot telephone: 0800 11 224, supported by АLAC (Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre).

The preliminary results from the supervision of the first tour of the president elections and national referendum demonstrate a tendency for increase of organizational irregularities at the election process. Within the elections day 173 signals were received and registered, while the share of the organizational irregularities amounted to 76,88 % of all the irregularities reported.  The share of the irregularities connected to unlawful canvassing and publicity at the election day is high – 12,14%. A substantial share have the violations connected to pressure upon the voters and the vote control9,83%. The share of signals for votes purchase equals to 1,16%.

The comparison analysis of the intermediate data indicates that the domineering problems at the election process in 2016 rise from the low work level of the section electoral committees and from the political parties attempts to influence the voters’ choice.

The reasons for the high share of the organizational irregularities are not to be excused only with: combination of elections and referendum in one and the same day; low work level of the electoral committees; violation of the procedures for dealing with voting-papers and for entering the voting lists.

Despite the fact that in comparison with past elections the relative share of the vote control and vote purchase mark relative decrease (respectively 13,13% and 2,53%), these problems keep making strong compromising impact over the election process.

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL – Bulgaria will perform supervision of the second tour of the president elections as well. Based on the monitoring results we will duly inform the Bulgarian society, the institutions and the international monitoring organizations. The final monitoring report shall be published in due time corresponding to the international standards.

Sofia, 7 November 2016

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL – BULGARIA

Transparency International Bulgaria will monitor the electoral process with more than 100 observers across the country.

08.11.2016 г.
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In response to public expectations for independent civil monitoring we announce that we will monitoring on Election Day, which covers the territory of all constituencies in the country. With the assistance of more than 100 observers, our organization will monitor compliance with democratic standards in the conduct of elections.

TI-Bulgaria is ready to register signals for electoral violations to provide information and advice voters on the protection of their rights and to alert institutions to take the necessary action. In this connection we open our phone hotline 0800 11 224 and will receive signals for organizational irregularities, controlled voting, vote-buying and other violations of the electoral process.

Bulgarian citizens living abroad can vote without submitted preliminary application for the election

08.11.2016 г.
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Central Election Commission inform all Bulgarian citizens who are located outside the country, that they can vote in Elections for President, Vice President  and in the National Referendum even if they are not previously submitted application for the section that they would like to vote.

If they want to vote, they must present a valid Bulgarian identity document – identity card or passport.

Members of the Electoral Commission will give voters a declaration in which they declare that they have not voted and will not vote elsewhere. If you vote in the elections for president and vice president in the national referendum you have to sign two pieces of declarations.

Information for the number and addresses of polling stations abroad you can check on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.mfa.bg/205/vote_places) and the website of the Central Election Commision (https://www.cik.bg / bg / pvr2016 / foreign / addresses).

Polling stations will be open from 7:00 to 20:00 hours / local time /.

10 IRREGULARITIES TO PAY ATTENTION TO DURING THE ELECTION DAY

08.11.2016 г.
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When you enter the Precinct Commission to vote, pay attention whether the members of the Precinct Commission:

  • Provide the opportunity for independent voting, observing the privacy of the vote (for ex. no one is present closer than 3 meters from the “dark room”; no direct visibility inside the “dark room”, no presence of unidentified individuals in the polling section;
  • Handle the ballots according to regulations (ex. remove the ballot from the stack in front of you, place the first stamp, after voting they place the second stamp; tear the control number of the ballot paper in front of you);
  • Enter your ID data in the voters’ list and ask you to place your signature, after voting.

For any observed wrongdoings of the Precinct Election Commission or representatives of the political parties, you can complain to the District Election Commission. The DEC is obliged to adopt a decision on the case immediately.

In cases of suspected crimes as buying of votes, control or pressure over voters, when you notice:

  • Presence of persons without identifying badges, or proxies or party representatives, who witness how voters vote;
  • Organized transportation of voters, group voting;
  • Collecting voter ID cards or preparing lists of voter personal data;
  • Questioning of voters;
  • Exoneration of debts;
  • Distribution of foods, wood or other material goods;

do not hesitate to contact the Ministry of Interior. The representatives of the Ministry are competent to immediately terminate such activities.

In all cases of witnessed irregularities and wrongdoings during election day, you can signal the competent authorities. Transparency International-Bulgaria is also prepared to process your signals and complains on a free-of-charge hotline – 0800 11 224. Our legal team will help you with advice on how to protect your voter rights.