Voting will only be done by paper in two of the sections of today’s mayoral run-off in Blagoevgrad after an irregular movement of machines. This was decided by the Central Election Commission, after a signal from one of the candidate mayors.
According to him, after their delivery to the “St. Kliment Ohridski” foreign language secondary school, the two machines in question were taken out of the sections by unknown persons, without a specialized vehicle and without police protection.
The chairman of the municipal commission, Martin Busarov, stated that during their subsequent inspection, the sections had already been sealed.
The CEC also received explanations from the police, according to which the voting machines were intended for other sections in the city and were taken out by technicians, but without the mandatory police escort. The Deputy Chairman of the CEC Tsvetozar Tomov motivated the decision to vote only on paper in these sections:
“According to unofficial data, the persons who transported the machines did so without a police escort and security. They have been identified and are being interrogated by the investigative authorities. Given that they have been unattended for some time and are being transported irregularly, although it is most likely indeed a technical fault and the degree of risk is low, it is my opinion that it would be more reasonable in these 2 sections to only a paper vote took place’.