Bulgaria Ruling Party Seeks Election Law Changes

The ruling centre-right GERB party is pushing for amendments to electoral legislation that could stand it in good stead in the 2013 general elections.The ruling centre-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, is pushing for new amendments to the election law that may benefit in next year’s general election.The amendment envisions the winning party in an election having an advantage of 5 per cent or more ahead of the runner-up in terms of seats.

A similar piece of legislation exists in Greece, where the largest party receives a bonus of 50 seats, as a way to enhance the likelihood of a majority government.

The controversial move will probably benefit GERB, as recent polls suggest it may have a 5 to 6 per cent advantage ahead of the left-wing Bulgarian Socialist Party.

Recent polls suggest that the GERB, the Socialist Party, the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms and a formation of the former EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, Bulgaria for Citizens, are the the only parties with realistic chances of winning seats in the 2013 general elections.

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