Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Bulgaria: Business climate” for vote buyers deteriorates - BNR • Radio Bulgaria

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Business climate” for vote buyers deteriorates

Civil organizations waged a war-styled campaign against the already established public practice of buying votes during elections. All that is on the occasion of forthcoming European Parliament and National Parliament elections. Unofficial data shows that the price of a vote may vary from 5 to 25 euro. According to Bulgarian electoral law, vote buying is illegal. For the first time all parties participating in the elections are obliged to include a message in their advertising materials that selling and buying votes is a crime. According to the organizers of the campaign, its effect is not essentially different from the warnings printed on cigarette boxes.


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