Paper ballots return
In future elections, voting will be conducted in two ways: via paper ballots and via machines. However, machine votes will not be counted automatically, but by manual counting of the paper receipts issued by the devices. The result will be calculated by the sectional election commissions, which will sum up the data from the two types of voting.
This was decided by parliament, which finally adopted a large part of the changes in the Electoral Code at an 18-hour meeting yesterday. By 2am there was no quorum in the hall, so a number of texts remained unvoted. Debates continue today. The redrafting of the Electoral Code was done with the votes of GERB, DPS and BSP. Yesterday evening there was also a protest against the return of the paper ballot.
President to give out first mandate on Monday
President Rumen Radev will hand over the first mandate to form a government on Monday at 10am. The winners of the elections - GERB-SDS have the first right to try to form a government.
During the week, GERB-SDS sent their management program to the other parliamentary parties, hoping to win support for it. The chances of forming a cabinet do not seem great, however, given the announced intention of WCC, BSP and Democratic Bulgaria not to participate in a government with the former rulers.
Serbian to purchase Levski football club
Serbian businessman Dragan Sholak is about to sign a deal to acquire a controlling stake in Bulgarian football club Levski.
The founder of the media and telecom company United Group, which owns Vivacom, Nova TV, Telegraf and radio stations in Bulgaria, will enter the team via his investment company Sport Republic. Financial details are not yet known, but upon successful completion, the buyer will have to take over the club's large debts of over 30 million levs.