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Start of the Project “Impact Assessment of the New Election Legislation in Bulgaria and Advocacy for a Fair Election Process”

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On 1st of May 2011 the Institute for Public Environment Development started work on the project “Impact Assessment of the New Election Legislation in Bulgaria and Advocacy for a Fair Election Process”.

The project is funded by the Balkan Trust for Democracy and is a continuation of the organization’ s work, concerning the new election legislation as a part of their previous project – “Civil Monitoring Over the Process of Creating of New Election Rules in Bulgaria”.

The following activities are part of the new project:

  • Advocacy through articles in the central and national media, showing the risks of corrupting the election process in the Bulgarian municipalities;
  • Monitoring and impact assessment of the implementation of the Unified Register of Donations for election campaigns, supported by the National Audit Office;
  • Monitoring of the implementation of new aspects in the election legislation, limiting the opportunity for “vote buying”;
  • Upgrade of the web-site “Civil Forum for a New Election Code” (www.izborenkodeks.com) and development of a new section – “Frequently asked questions and answers”, which will help the interested parties to enforce the new election legislation;
  • Analysis of the political representation on local level after the end of local elections 2011 and the effect of the new election legislation on the formation of the new local authorities;
  • Development of proposals for amendments and additions in the new Election Code, concerning its improvement and an advocacy campaign in the National Assembly for their adoption.

The activities are part of the initiative of the Institute for Public Environment Development “Civil Monitoring and Advocacy for Fair Election Process on Local Elections 2011”.