President and Prime Minister of Bulgaria Rumen Radev and Boyko Borisov took part in voting in the elections of deputies to the 45th People’s Assembly (Parliament) of the country, TASS reports.
Commenting on the course of the elections, Radev said that he had voted “for a free, fair and prosperous Bulgaria” and “against the collapse of statehood, lawlessness and corruption.” He called the ongoing elections the first step towards normal Bulgaria, towards the restoration of laws and regulations, towards the realization of the power of collective action and the restoration of the enormous potential that the people of the country carry.
The President called on all citizens to take part in the vote and warned that otherwise, “history may send the country for a re-examination on democracy.” According to him, he expects from the elections the formation of a stable and legitimate parliament.
Borisov, in turn, noted that the ongoing parliamentary elections are the most expensive in the history of the country. He explained that about 50 million leva (about 25 million euros) were spent on vaccines, and the same amount was spent on machine voting. According to his calculations, the whole campaign cost more than 150 million leva (about 75 million euros).
The prime minister also noted that he always agreed with the opinion of the people, expressed during the voting, and said that his party “Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria” (GERB) conducted the most tolerant election campaign.
The polling stations for the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria opened at 7:00 Moscow time and will continue to work until 20:00 Moscow time. Representatives of 22 parties and eight coalitions claim 240 seats in the National Assembly.