The process of Bulgaria’s Central Election Commission accepting applications by political parties to register to stand in the May 12 ahead-of-term parliamentary elections continued on March 25, with those filing documents including the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and Volen Siderov’s ultra-nationalists Ataka. “Today is the Annunciation, a nice and bright Christian holiday that always brings hope, so I express hope for our society in the upcoming election,” BSP leader Sergei Stanishev said. He said that the BSP had submitted more than 21 000 signatures in support of its registration, more than three times the number required by statute.
The submission by the BSP of an excess number of signatures is similar to the move at the start of the registration by Boiko Borissov’s party GERB.
Stanishev said that the most important about the May 12 elections was the removal of a government that had been harmful and that continued in power today through the caretaker government. It was important for people to turn out to vote for change, on the social, economic and political fronts.
He said that at a meeting on March 26 of the BSP national council, proposals would be discussed for ticket leaders and places for coalition partners and a civil quota. The national council would make final arrangements of the lists next week, Stanishev said.