Bulgaria’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has rejected the sole bid to rent voting machines to it for the March 26 2017 elections, the commission said on February 25. This means that in spite of a Supreme Administrative Court ruling that voting machines should be available at all 12 000 polling stations as an alternative to ballot papers, it is now practically impossible that this ruling will be complied with. A report by a special committee discussed at a commission meeting on Saturday said that the sole company to submit an application to supply the machines could not meet the technical requirements. The CEC had specified that the machines should be delivered by March 10 and the required software should be installed on them by March 17. But the company that submitted the bid proposed delivering the machines only by March 20 because the machines were newly-produced and the software would be installed in the course of production.Full Article: Bulgaria’s 2017 elections: Central Election Commission rejects sole bid to supply voting machines | The Sofia Globe.
Feb 24 2017