Bulgarian TV showman presents petition to Parliament calling for referendum on reforms

Bulgarian TV showman presents petition to Parliament calling for referendum on reforms

Sofia, February 8, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

A petition purported to have more than 670 000 signatures calling for a national referendum on six questions related to electoral system and political reforms was presented to Bulgaria’s Parliament on February 8 2016 by a committee led by television talk show host Slavi Trifonov.

Legislative changes approved by Parliament in 2015 reduced from 500 000 to 400 000 the number of citizens’ signatures required for a petition for a referendum to be valid.

Officials from the Department of Civil Registration and Administrative Services will examine the validity of the signatures and identity numbers of the purported 673 481 to establish whether the legal requirement has been met.