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Antoaneta Tzoneva for BGNES: "There is no progress in the Election code, about the observers status."
"The framework, accepted yesterday by the Legal Affairs Committee in the Parliament is extremely restrictive and is limiting the NGOs' possibilities to develop networks of volunteers, to find and train independent election observers", says Antoaneta Tzoneva from the Institute for Public Environment Development.
"The new requirement will impede the opportunity for citizens to be involved in the election observation , if they are not members of an active NGO. The proposal was adopted without substantive arguments about the required membership and what will that guarantee. Furthermore - the Committee members of the ruling party defended the position, that independent observers in Bulgaria are actually distorting the election process.
I don't think that civil society observers were perceived as distorters of the election rules in any report or journalistic material so far. However, local observers in Bulgaria may actually be forced to become accredited on behalf of international organizations - for whom there is no such requirement".
Source (in Bulgarian): BGNES - 29th of November, 2012