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Bulgaria: voters bussed in for free from Turkey

Pm, law does not allow limiting "electoral tourism"

23 March, 10:24
(ANSA) - TRIESTE - Bulgaria's caretaker government has received reports of buses being organized to bring voters in from Turkey for the March 26 parliamentary elections, Stefan Yanev, the deputy prime minister said. Yanev was speaking a day after Bulgarian nationalist coalition the United Patriots blocked border checkpoints with Turkey, to prevent the entry of buses carrying voters likely to support the Movement for Rights and Freedoms or Dost.

According to The Sofia Globe, media reports have shown places in Turkey where bus rides to Bulgaria are on offer for free.

Sofia's government doesn't know who was behind this. Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said that current Bulgarian law does not allow limiting "electoral tourism". Yanev added that diplomatic instruments were used to respond to moves that would qualify as an attempt to interfere in Bulgaria's internal affairs. Gerdzhikov said that there were no concerns that parliamentary elections on Sunday would fail. (ANSA).

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