A sectional election commission has revealed who the rector of the Sofia University Prof. Anastas Gerdzhikov voted for. He himself reported the incident on his Facebook profile.
“It so happened that I went to vote in the second round of local elections early. There is no queue, only the members of the sectional election commission are in the room. I take two ballots, go behind the curtain, fill them in, go out and hand them to the official.” says Gerdzhikov. And continues:
“The official is a rugged man of about 70 with hairy arms covered in tattoos. At that age he hardly got ‘tattoos’ recently, carried away by fashion, rather he has had them for a long time, from when he was or a lifeguard on the beach, or in jail. The man takes the ballots, OPENS THE FIRST ONE COMPLETELY and painstakingly begins to fold one end.”
Gerdzhikov objected that it might not be a good idea to reveal the secret of his vote, but another member of the SIC, whom the professor described as an “18-year-old boy with a sleepy look,” replied in a “slow, phlegmatic voice” that the end of the ballot had to bend over. The professor recreates more of the dialogue between the two:
– I don’t mind, but when you fold it, you shouldn’t unfold the whole ballot so that everyone can see how I voted.
– At the end of the day, we will find out how you voted anyway – the boy objects in his phlegmatic voice.
– But not how everyone voted individually – I’m making a last attempt.
– Don’t be angry – the boy answers philosophically.
– I’m not angry, you can see I’m completely calm, I just don’t think what you’re doing is right.
During the entire dialogue, the man who took the ballots did not say a word, he just continued to fold, Prof. Gerdzhikov adds. And he ends his post with the words:
“Maybe it’s my fault? Maybe I don’t understand the election procedure or I’m unnecessarily angry,” the rector wrote on his profile.