Photo: Ani Petrova
What can a wooden stick be used for? Apparently for many things, including a unit of measurement.
A wooden stick of a certain length showed illiterate voters how to vote. This foolproof method has been used for years and is far from being forgotten in small towns, 79-year-old Ivan Yanevski from the village of Mikrevo told “Early on Sunday”.
He participated in the organization and conduct of elections for 60 years.
“I have been three times in the municipal commissions, dozens of times I have been the chairman or member of sectional commissions. And during the soc, when voting was mandatory and the voter turnout was 99%.
The difference between then and now is that people are now apolitical, few people elect the management of both the municipality and the parliament, Grandpa Ivan also said.
“And then municipal councilors were elected, parliament was elected, mayors were appointed administratively.
During the local elections, there were so-called Indian thread, as the ballot was passed from person to person filled in…Now the ballot is given by the committee and it’s better that way.
Although, now there are also ways to cheat. With a wooden stick as a yardstick, the illiterate are given a template for whom to vote for, although for me the illiterate should not lie, thinks Ivan Yanevski.
More on the topic in the sound file.
Worked on the publication: Gergana Hrischeva