news 04 Jun 13

Bulgaria's GERB Alerts Brussels of Poll 'Breaches'

Bulgaria's former ruling GERB Party has sent a report to European institutions contesting the results of the recent general election.

The GERB party has sent a protest letter about the general election in Bulgaria to numerous European addresses, asking for the May 12 result to be annulled on the grounds of legal violations.

It notes that by law, a day of reflection is declared in the country 24 hours before the vote, when all campaigning and political propaganda are banned, in spite of which it says serious breaches of this law took place.

"The Bulgarian voter was deprived of the opportunity to make a free choice and express free will," reads the letter, which was sent to the OSCE, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Peoples Party, the Party of European Socialists, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and the European Greens Party.

GERB and its leader, former Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, also say the party's chances were damaged by allegations that it was intent on voting fraud. 

GERB is referring to the overnight raid of the Bulgarian prosecuting authority and the State Agency for National Security, DANS, at a printing house on the eve of election day, during which 350,000 illegal ballots were seized.

The printing house was owned by a GERB municipal councillor, which prompted accusations that GERB was attempting voting fraud. The parties thus allegedly broke the mandatory pre-election silence on the day before the vote.

The snap polls took place on May 12 after the centre-right administration of Boyko Borisov resigned following nationwide protests that turned violent.

The surprise resignation came after some of the largest demonstrations in Bulgaria since the collapse of Communism two decades ago.

GERB gained a slight lead in the early elections, but it was not large enough to form a minority government.

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