Bulgarian election winners officially seek to void vote

Government

The center-right GERB party of former Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov has officially filed a claim with the country’s Constitutional Court to contest and void the May 12 general election results. GERB lawmakers have also filed claims calling for the cancellation of the vote on behalf of two marginal parties – the conservative Law, Order and Justice and the populist nationalist National Front for Salvation of Bulgaria. GERB demanded the cancelation of the election results due to “a gross violation of the law in the day before the vote.” Borisov claimed that his party’s chances had been damaged by allegations that it was about to commit voting fraud. He referred to the overnight raid of the Bulgarian prosecuting authority and the State Agency for National Security at a printing house on the eve of Election Day, during which a total of 350,000 illegal ballots were seized. The printing house is owned by a GERB municipal councilor, which prompted opposition parties to accuse GERB of an attempted voting fraud. The parties thus allegedly broke the mandatory pre-election silence on the day before the vote, Borisov said.

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