By Clive Leviev – Sawyer – The Sofia Globe
A week into the official election campaigning period, Boiko Borissov’s GERB either has a lead of a few per cent over its socialist party rival or is facing a neck-and-neck race, depending on which pollsters you believe.
But in terms of potentially damaging controversies, the list for GERB is longer.
One of its former MPs from the 41st National Assembly was caught up in alleged links to a reported vote-buying scheme. For Emil Dimitrov, who denies wrongdoing, it was the latest in a series of controversies and in fact neither is he a member of GERB – having been expelled after a conflict-of-interest scandal – and nor is he on the GERB list of candidates for the 42nd National Assembly. None of this, however, stops the name of GERB being linked with new scandal in headlines.