Dimitar Stoyanov, comment specifically for Tribune.bg
On the last day of the possibility to register in the list of candidates for MPs in the only one of the many voters in the country (Stara Zagora, 27 MIR) something happened that at first glance seemed both tragic and comical – the District Election Commission refused to register the list of candidates for “Democratic Bulgaria”, which rejects an administrative, evening and judicial battle, after the Central Election Commission decided by a very large majority to confirm the decision of the REC – Stara Zagora. Then it should be noted that in a similar way it can be a precedent in the history of democratic elections in Bulgaria, at least since the beginning of the political changes after 1989. Never before has a political force, which only a few months ago claims to return to a mandate study to form a government does not put itself in such a situation.
The “Stara Zagora case” of “Democratic Bulgaria” itself has various procedures. According to the motivation of the District Election Commission and described factual circumstances, non-compliance with the regulations of the Election Code was established in connection with the submission of the necessary documents, given, and the deadline is not allowed to be removed. After their abolition of the DEC, the candidate list will be registered with absolute certainty. Next sending, online correspondence from a private e-mail address, delivery of flash drives after the registration deadline. The result is not closed and the DEC decides with a decision.
Of course, from “Democratic Bulgaria” they attack with a coordinated spirit on the media and social networks, as well as file a complaint through the Central Election Commission. In case the CEC accepts the motivation of the DEC and confirms the decision to refuse to register the list. The decision was adopted by a significant majority – a total of 13 people from the 15-member commission support the adoption by the Stara Zagora REC for a decision with the exception of the two representatives of “Democratic Bulgaria” (Tsvetozar Tomov and Lyubomir Georgiev). The DB is constantly referring to a new conspiracy and coming out with an extremely ridiculous thesis in response to the “majority of GERB and MRF” in the commission, which ex officio wants to exclude participation in the elections. Here again, it should be noted that after a change in the Electoral Code from April-May 2021, preceding the July 11 elections, the CEC has a completely changed composition and a radically different procedure for its constitution. The Central Election Commission is determined by an indicator of the President on the proposal of the parliamentary groups on the basis of a certain quota principle. In this line of thought, it should be noted that GERB has four (4) representatives and two (2) MRF, which makes less than half of the 15-member CEC. The decision was also made with the support of “There is such a people”, BSP, “Stand up! We receive! “, Complaint Rapporteur and CEC Chairwoman Kamelia Neykova herself, ITN quota.
The next step in the growth of “Democratic Bulgaria” became a credible obligation as the DEC and CEC were in the XIX century, and they are alpha, omega and related to e-government and should be recognized registration with an electronic signature. So, for example, it is yet to be decided by the court, as it also includes a case for the applicability of the European normative act and the assessment has given the quantity between the normative norm of the Electoral Code and a regulated issue, and the assessment has given this regulation has the applicability of an electoral process and use with its administrative proceedings (with respect to the majority of the CEC-definitely not), to the current situation is only much larger and quite political in nature.
The issues, which should be considered outside a purely legal dispute, with the following – “Democratic Bulgaria” until the appearance of the political project of Kiril Petkov and Asen Vassilev, will have a sure way to be elected in the detachment of the political troika in the parliamentary elections. The coalition can dominate through its chosen result of all political projects for its constituent parties of the past – starting by DSB in 2005, the Blue Coalition in 2009, the Reformist Bloc in 2014, an independent and rather subtle appearance on “Yes, Bulgaria ”from 2017
In the 45th and 46th National Assemblies, in various forms of coalition leaders, he announced his request for the president to return to an exploratory mandate to form a government. Going into the top three and taking a hypothetical second place in a lucrative parliamentary election will bring back the mandate to form a government holding back the president. Judging by daily opinion polls, Democratic Bulgaria lags far behind Kiril Petkov and Asen Vassilev, the BSP and Slavi Trifonov. In this line of thought, is it normal for a political force with such a large claim to an unavoidable role in governing the state to submit documents for registration of lists that are less than an hour before the deadline for doing so?
In your rhetoric “Democratic Bulgaria” traditionally announced extremely ambitious goals – from large-scale constitutional judicial reform, redesign of the judiciary and legal processes, the radical change of many substantive laws, built through e-government and a sharp increase in income in the private outcome of their reform agenda. What does Stara Zagora not say? Coalition leaders send registration documents in an exceptionally sloppy manner, distribute any prints and independent papers that are not properly signed, then send e-mails other than those registered with the CEC for official correspondence, distribute e-files and return them to the DEC. to transmit flash memory. Is this an introduction that corresponds to the huge claims of capacity to re-limit the entire social, economic and social machine?
The thesis of internal frictions in the coalition, which led to this space, crept in and was determined. But whatever is caused for him, this is indicative of one thing – an absolute discrepancy between the claim made by “Democratic Bulgaria” and the actual implementation of basic legal procedures, in which at least have many years of experience with the election. And yet, if the main political rhetoric is built around saving the rule of law, it would be right for you to save the relevant legal prescriptions yourself. Moreover, you are ready to sacrifice over ten thousand voters (in the elections of July 11, the DB received 10,525 votes in Stara Zagora, 2,000 more on April 4, 2021) and to hand over people who have twice voted for you. political trust, or because of your property incompetence, or because of the inability to put even your most basic coalition communication in order and to stand for election. Such “play” is not present in the political force that claims to participate in the government. This is typical of almost other conditions. The inability to take responsibility for your own actions in order to be accountable to the owners of the electorate, in order to be responsible for carrying out a simple bureaucratic procedure, means only one thing – you cannot be responsible for running the country.
Dimitar Stoyanov is a lawyer, a specialist in the field of constitutional law and administrative law and procedure. In the period 2017-2021 he was an expert in this field at the political office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform.
He is the author of publications on legal, historical and foreign policy issues.