Bulgaria: Central Election Commission Announces Completion of Nomination Applications for April 4 General Election

Bulgaria: Central Election Commission Announces Completion of Nomination Applications for April 4 General Election

At 17:00 (local time) on Wednesday, the Central Election Commission stopped accepting applications for registration of coalitions and parties wishing to run in the upcoming parliamentary elections on April 4. The parties and coalitions have already submitted the necessary documents and signatures for their registration.

The coalition of Democratic Bulgaria was the first to submit its application. Co-chair Hristo Ivanov said the main goal was to vote for “a reversal of the country’s developmental course”. Their priorities include judicial reform, economic change and e-government.

The second party to submit its application was Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s Democrats for Bulgaria. Judicial reform and new policies for Bulgarians abroad are also among their priorities.

“We are moving forward with serious intentions to be an inevitable factor in the next parliament and to be able to fulfill the promises we will make during the election campaign”, the party president said.

The Coalition “Get up! Get your face out! ” of Maya Manolova and the “Poison Trio and the Citizens” announced their participation in the upcoming elections with the submission of 5,507 signatures.

The party that is running in the elections, continues the mission that started with the summer protests for the ‘dissolution of the one-sided model of corruption of Borissov’. “They will not be able to prevent us from dealing with Borissov and GERB, this time not only in Sofia, but in the whole country”, said Manolova, adding that one of their priorities is to recalculate pensions, something that Borissov’s Government failed to do during a 11-year rule.

The Socialist Party of Bulgaria (BSP) was the fourth political force to submit its application to the Central Election Commission for registration in the April 4 parliamentary election. The left will vote as a coalition of parties called BSP – Left Bulgaria. The Socialists submitted 10,000 signatures and declared their ambition to become the first political force in the elections.

According to their leader Cornelia Ninova, their priorities will be in the fields of education, healthcare, social policy and the economy. She also stressed that the measures are aimed at solving one of the biggest problems in Bulgaria, namely the problem of demographic disaster. “We will not allow lobbyists, groups or private interests to distort the will of the people who have empowered us in concluding the governing and post-election coalition. My words have already been proven in time and in practice. We have introduced an immediate option; we will continue with this policy. I think the people who empower us have to decide what kind of power they want”, Ninova commented.

After the BSP, VMRO, “There is such a people”, “Attack” and the formation of former Health Minister Petar Moskov – KOD submitted a request to participate in the elections.

VMRO parted ways with Valeri Simeonov’s NFSB and will run alone. Thus, Veselin Mareshki and his party “Volia” with Simeonov’s NFSB will run together, although until recently they were exchanging harsh words between them in parliament.

“We have good expectations. We want to displace the MRF, we have the ability, in addition, to fulfill our commitments we made four years ago; the income, the minimum pension. People saw that VMRO fulfilled its promises,”, said VMRO organizing secretary Julian Angelov. He expressed hope that in the next parliament all Bulgarian parties will support a common platform outlining four or five key priorities for Bulgaria. With the words “I expect not only to be new, but also the surprise of this election”, Mareshki submitted 4,200 of the 10,000 signatures collected each day, as he announced.

Slavi Trifonov’s party “There are such people” submitted 4,000 signatures. “I expect people to come out to vote en masse so that the elections are as fair as possible! In the event of a mass vote, the election will be fairer than in the case of a low turnout, given the mechanisms that the ruling party will set in motion”, said Tosko Jordanov, the party’s deputy chairman, without clarifying whether Slavi Trivonov will run for Parliament.

Ataka’s nomination was not without provocation by party leader Volen Siderov, who clashed with security officials, who barred the party TV cameraman from entering the building. However, after the verbal confrontation, the media was allowed to enter, with Siderov saying that he expects “all kinds of dirty tricks” until the elections.

The MRF chose to submit its candidacy on the penultimate day. Party leader Mustafa Karaday said the upcoming elections were one of the most important since 1989 and that Bulgaria’s direction would depend on the outcome.

“These elections will determine the direction of Bulgaria’s development, whether and how fast the country will move forward or whether we will continue to sink. In order to grow quickly and close the gap, there is a mandatory condition, according to the MRF, to restore normalcy in politics, to restore democracy, to restore the state and the power of the institutions and of state institutions”, Karaday said.

The GERB/UDF coalition submitted its candidacy for the upcoming elections on the final day, by submitting 9,999 signatures to the CEC.

The chairwoman of the GERB parliamentary group, Daniela Daritkova, said they would fight for the confidence of voters and pointed out that the big challenge for them is to hold elections during an epidemic. She also announced that Prime Minister Boyko Borissov would be the leader of the electoral list. “We have shown the will to build Bulgaria and achieve visible results. In the years that we have ruled, we have proven that our recipe for success is ‘work, work, work,’” Daritkova said, adding that the medical protocol for voting in the coronavirus pandemic was ready.

For his part, UDF leader Rumen Hristov said that their opponent in this election is the BSP. “The goal is to unite the right-wing vote, because according to sociologists GERB/​UDF is emerging as the only right-wing formation, certainly pro-European, pro-NATO, which will not allow the BSP of the Kremlin and its satellites to return to power»./ibna