A total of 84 political formations have submitted registration papers for Bulgaria’s 2011 local elections scheduled to take place on October 23, 2011, together with the presidential vote. The deadline for applications for registrations with Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) expired Monday at 5 pm.
Ralitsa Negentsova, spokesperson of the CEC, reminded that a total of 88 parties and coalitions registered for the local elections in 2007. While Bulgaria has 6 major parties that are represented in Parliament, and a couple that failed to make it to it, the local elections traditionally feature a wide array of marginal and local parties.
…The deadline for seeking presidential vote registrations is August 18. The Central Electoral Commission has not made its final decisions on any of the registration applications yet, Negentsova explained. She said that if the CEC finds any violations in the applications, the bidders will be given three days to correct them, and will be refused registration only if they fail to do so.
In her words, about 13 000 Bulgarian citizens will serve as members of local electoral commissions around the country on election day, ranging from 5 to 9 per polling station.