The Central Election Commission (CEC) showed the sample of voting paper for the forthcoming local election in Sofia. The list for choosing municipal councilors is the longest and widest one.
It will contain the names of all councilors and the preferential vote will make it wide enough so that voters will have to fold it 4 times.
19 million voting papers for 5 million leva will be in need for the first round, said the CEC speaker Aleksander Andreev. Sofia residents will have four voting papers – for choosing a mayor, and mayors of mayoralties or districts.
„The voting paper for municipal councilors in Sofia contains 34 boxes with the name of the political parties, coalitions and independent candidates that already registered for the local elections. After the last amendments to the Election Code they are three-digit numbers – from 101 to 161. At the end of the voting paper one can find the option “I do not support anyone”, explained Andreev.
Two complaints have already been lodged in the last days. One coming from the former ombudsman Maya Manolova, but the Supreme Administrative Court has already rejected it; and another one concerning the participation of the “ATAKA” leader Volen Siderov in a program on the Bulgarian National Television (BNT). „The CEC decided, after considering the complaint, that Siderov actually is broke the rules of pre-election campaign. The procedure for defining and imposing a proper penalty according to the Election Code is under way”, continued Andreev. There is no information about the amount of the penalty or the deadline for defining it. BNT decided to suspend its contract with Siderov’s political party.
91 complaints have already been lodged since the beginning of September: 13 for the structure of the municipal election commissions and 78 concerning the registration of candidates. Only 2 out of all 91 complaints are still pending in court. There are 20 candidates for a mayor of Sofia municipality after the Commission decided not to register candidates from the “Christian democratic party of Bulgaria”.