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    Bulgaria has seized 350,000 fake ballot papers, prosecutors said on Saturday, a day before a parliamentary election that is likely to deliver no party a majority and more political turmoil in the EU's poorest country.

    Prosecutors said the ballots were found at a printing house owned by the company of a local councilor from the centre-right GERB whose government resigned from office during protests against low living standards and corruption in February, but which still has a narrow lead in opinion polls.
    "Over 350,000 printed ballots, that were ready for use in the parliamentary elections, were found in stores of a printing house in Kostinbrod," the prosecuting office in the capital, Sofia, said in a statement about Friday's seizure.

    The interim government, which took over after GERB Prime Minister Boiko Borisov resigned, said it had received all 8.34 million ballots it had ordered and distributed them to polling stations already.
    The owner of the printing shop based near Sofia, councilor Yordan Bonchev, denied any wrongdoing and said it had a license to print ballots, which the government confirmed.
    President Rosen Plevneliev said he expected the Central Election Commission to respond "to ensure the lawful democratic elections, including taking emergency measures if necessary", without giving details.
    GERB called for an immediate halt to "speculation and political persuasion" on a day when campaigning was banned, but the accusation is likely to further dismay a population fed up with corruption, organized crime and low living standards.
    Bulgaria struggles to supply running water and reliable electricity to some of its citizens, 2 million of whom have left since the 1989 fall of communism. In rural areas, many villages are run down and populated only by the elderly.
    After a campaign marred by a wiretapping scandal, in which prosecutors said a senior GERB member had allowed ministry employees to commit crimes, and more mud-slinging than debate about policy, coalition talks are expected to be difficult and that may raise questions over governance and economic policy.

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    The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is monitoring the election and five parties - including the Socialists but not GERB - have organized a parallel vote count by an Austrian company, saying they are worried about possible fraud. (read on)
    Incredible.

    I was invited to go down there earlier this year but had to decline over other commitments. Maybe I can share a story or two once the other observers return, though. A lot of people went down there to see to it that no attempt of election fraud can go unnoticed.

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    The only person caught =/= (necessarily) the only person doing it

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    All politicians(here) should be jailed or shot, I'm sick and tired of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muck View Post
    I was invited to go down there earlier this year but had to decline over other commitments. Maybe I can share a story or two once the other observers return, though. A lot of people went down there to see to it that no attempt of election fraud can go unnoticed.
    They should just do what the Royal Society did to elect Prince Andrew as a fellow. Print ballot papers with only a yes option. 11% voted yes, 89% abstained, he's in

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    I can't help but notice the irony a user called "Corrupt" posted such an advice in a thread on corruption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolph BG View Post
    All politicians(here) should be jailed or shot, I'm sick and tired of them.
    When you´re done, please pass the rifles.

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    Bulgaria's biggest political party has said it will seek to have the result of Sunday's deadlocked election cancelled on the grounds of a legal violation.

    Ex-Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said his centre-right Gerb party's chances had been damaged by comments from other parties on the eve of the polls.
    It seems the two biggest parties both tried to manipulate the elections. The conservative Gerb party has been linked to the fake ballots found in that print shop (oh the irony considering the allegations above!) and I heard from returning observers that the Socialists (BSP) sort of hijacked polling stations in regions traditionally dominated by their supporters: apparently the stations were suggestively decorated in the BSP's colors and with portraits of their candidates.

    How fortunate they're in the EU with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrupt View Post
    They should just do what the Royal Society did to elect Prince Andrew as a fellow. Print ballot papers with only a yes option. 11% voted yes, 89% abstained, he's in
    ^^


    Much easier to count, much more efficient

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