Parliament adopted the amendments to the Election Code at second reading. GERB’s initial proposal was that the machine vote be removed for local and parliamentary elections and remain for presidential and European elections. The text changed during the second reading in the Legal Commission. GERB has suggested that the revocation should only apply to the local vote, which was approved by the plenary hall. The Movement for Rights and Freedoms and the Bulgarian Socialist Party declared support for the machine vote.
GERB’s arguments are related to the fact that elections with multi-mandate constituencies are considerably more complex than others, and this implies different ballots and more sophisticated software. They also refer to the Central Election Commission report on the European elections that took place in Bulgaria on May 26th, according to which machine voting is unjustifiably expensive.