Archive for the ‘referendum’ Category


Ridiculous: 2,187 Days Needed to Transfer Slavi’s Show Petition

At the “Making Direct Democracy Work in Bulgaria” Conference, Yordan Ginev, IT expert and business associate, related his experience of transferring the petition of Slavi’s Show in electronic form. Being an advocate of the petition ideas, he undertook to copy the personal data from the signed papers into electronic tables. This task proved nearly as […]


Bulgaria to decide on e-voting*

Next Sunday, on 25 October 2015, Bulgaria will hold a plebiscite on e-voting. Citizens will be asked one single question, i.e. “Do you support the idea to be able to vote from a distance, electronically at elections and referendums?” The popular vote will be taken as a result of President Rosen Plevneliev’s initiative. Originally, the […]

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International Democracy Day on September 15 in the village of Negushevo

On the International Day of Democracy on September 15 our Bulgarian-Swiss team which is working to improve legislation for referendums, visited the village of Negushevo, Gorna Malina municipality, where they had their photo taken with the only monument in Bulgaria on direct democracy built in honor of the successful local referendum against opening a stone […]


Modest Amendments Made in the Law on Direct Participation

On 21 July the National Assembly passed few slight amendments to the Law on Direct Participation of the Citizens in National and Local Governance, namely: Bulgarian citizens residing abroad will be allowed to vote in national referendums; referendums and political elections could be called on the same day; the national initiative threshold has been reduced […]


Procrustes’ bed of Bulgarian referendums – can we see the end of it?

In Greek mythology, Procrustes (Προκρούστης) or “the stretcher [who hammers out the metal]”, was a rogue smith and bandit from Attica who physically attacked people by stretching them or cutting off their legs, so as to force them to fit the size of an iron bed.  In later tellings, if the guest proved too tall, Procrustes would amputate the excess length; nobody […]


Bulgarian parliament continues the debate on direct participation

The second reading of the amendments to the direct participation of citizens in government and local government started with a debate on whether not to include an explicit statement about referendums that there cannot be referendums on basic constitutional rights. The occasion was the unclear proposal for change in the law made by MP Georgi Kadiev […]


Was а financial referendum possible under socialism?

In connection of the opening of a sports facility in Dryanovo – June 29 this year opened a new Sports Hall, we learned that its implementation has begun with a referendum back in 1986 i.e. under socialism in Bulgaria. Then in Drianovo was held a local referendum about monetary part of the population to 1.5% of the income of […]


Measured was the attitude towards the upcoming referendum in Bulgaria

Sociological agency “Median” published results of its own survey of public opinion and political attitudes conducted in the country during the month of June. It included questions on the upcoming referendum on the electoral reform. Here are the findings of the agency in response on the referendum: Expectations that a possible referendum (with the local […]

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Judiciary Committee approved the referendum of the president Plevneliev

Parliamentary Committee on Legal Affairs approved days ago the proposal for a national referendum with the questions of the president Rosen Plevneliev, namely: Are you in favor of MPs to be elected majority? 2. Do you support the introduction of compulsory voting in the elections and national referendums? 3. Do you support to be able to […]

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Proposed referendum in Kardzhali, Bulgaria

At the beginning of July in the City Council – Kardzhali was officially submitted a proposal for  a referendum, reported the newsppaper New life. Initiators are the councilors of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (7) in Kardzhali. They offer a vote on the following question: “Do you support the establishment of Kardzhali in a separate municipality?”. […]