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16:31 | 07 Ноември 2019 г.
The MPs in the Committee on Legal Affairs rejected the veto put by the President Rumen Radev and re-adopted the amendments in the Electoral Code.
11 of them voted in favor, 9 – against and 1 abstained so the MPs re-adopted the amendments. They include hybrid voting system for next elections so the voters decide for themselves whether to vote by machine or with the traditional paper ballot.
However, according to the arguments of the President the hybrid voting system makes machine voting meaningless and significantly complicates the whole process.
Machine votes will also be counted manually.
"Responsibilities cannot be transferred to the Central Election Commission like this because such action will lead to the impossibility of holding transparent and democratic elections," Filip Popov, an MP from BSP said in support the arguments of the veto.
"The veto has a very strong political connotation, dressed in legal wording", Hristian Mitev , an MP from the United Patriots added. He pointed out that the amendments have met the requirement of the Venice Commission: that they should be made no later than 6 months before the date of the regular elections.
The MRF also supported the veto. The re-adopted amendments were also defended by the Chairperson of the Legal Commission Anna Alexandrova. "Many of the voters, both ours and the opposition’s, do not want to vote by machines", she was adamant.