OSCE observer says Bulgaria’s Electoral Body is not efficient

Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) is incapable of making decisions on critical issues in a timely or efficient manner, according to the observer mission of the OSCE.

The observers of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe point out the problems surrounding the processing and tabulation of the results of the first round of the presidential and local elections held on October 23.

OSCE observers also draw attention to the widespread allegations of vote-buying and undue influence over voters at both rounds of the “2 in 1” vote.

Despite all of the irregularities, the OSCE monitoring mission finds that the second round of the presidential and local elections in Bulgaria was held in an environment which showed respect for fundamental freedoms but nevertheless exposed a necessity for further efforts to improve the election process.

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