|On November 22, 2000, the Center for the Study of Democracy hosted a meeting on The Possible Developments in the Bulgarian Electoral Law, initiated by Club 2 of Diplomats and its President Mr. Vincenzo Celeste for launching a series of discussions on issues of importance for this country.|
Dr. Mikhail Konstantinov, Member of the Central
Electoral Commission, outlined the main characteristics of the
electoral environment in this country and in the Balkan Region. He
introduced the prospects for its further development and the
initiative for the codification of Bulgarian electoral laws. Mr.
Dimitar Abadzhiev, MP and Deputy Chair of the Council of European
Affairs to the Parliament discussed possible developments in the
law as regards distant voting and voter admission procedures. Mr.
Ivailo Kalfin, National Coordinator of Social Democrats Political
Movement, outlined his vision on the possible results of the
forthcoming elections and the policy that the major political
parties may follow during the election campaign and after.
During the discussion that followed, the
guest-speakers answered the questions of the diplomats regarding
the need of possible changes in the Constitution in view of
reforming the electoral system and more specially towards majority
voting, the loss of votes as a result of voting for parties, which
do not make it to Parliament, voter turn out trends, the political
parties' access to media during the pre-election period, the ID
verification of voters, etc.