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Bulgarian parliament committee approves last-minute electoral code changes

Question: Goodmornig, as far as I have understood, by accepting the amendments to the election code, the “do not support anyone” will be counted as valid in forthcoming presidential elections. Thus, they won't be excluded when calculating the candidate who gathered the highest amount of votes at the first round (as far as I know, previously, parties wanted to consider this vote only for the turnout). In this case, what happens if the “do not support anyone” obtains the 50%+1 of the votes? Thank you

Answers: Thank you for the question. According to the electoral code, president (and the respective vice-president) is elected in the first round in case he/she has received more than half of the valid votes and the turnout exceeded 50%. The counting of “do not support anyone” votes will indeed make achieving such a result more difficult. The code also says that in case no candidate receives such a support, there will be a runoff within seven days. Then, the voters will choose between the two candidates that had the best and second best performance in the first round.   However, in the runoff there is no requirement for receiving more than half of the votes. Instead, the code says that the elected candidate is the one who received the most votes. The counting of “do not support anyone” hence does not prevent the election of the president.

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