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Bulgaria prepares to react to voter bussing-in, hacker attacks during March 2017 parliamentary election

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Bulgaria’s caretaker government and Central Election Commission are developing options to react to situations on the March 26 election day such as clusters of buses of voters coming over the border, and hacker attacks.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, who is in the charge of the interim administration role in preparations for the March 2017 early parliamentary elections, said that all risks on the days before the vote and on election day were being assessed.

A scenario being prepared for was the massing of buses bringing in voters – and a heightened inflow of migration at the same time.

In Bulgarian elections, there is ample precedent of buses coming into the country from across the Turkish border. This is an electorate that traditionally has supported the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, while that electorate now also is being competed for by former MRF leader Lyutvi Mestan’s DOST party.

According to Yanev, arrangements were prepared for various authorities to take additional measures if necessary.

Crowding and queues were expected at polling stations outside Bulgaria, in Turkey, London and Germany, he said.

Cybersecurity mechanisms were in place to deal with hacker attacks.

There also was a co-ordination mechanism between the Interior Ministry’s department and the prosecution to react to any report of vote-buying. Such reports currently were fewer than in previous elections, Yanev said.

The caretaker government was doing everything necessary to ensure equal electoral rights for all Bulgarian citizens, he said.

Yanev said that the various authorities were ready to take additional measures if needed to cope with various scenarios “but of course I would not like to comment in depth on those measures now”./IBNA

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