The Anti-Corruption Fund begins research on the voter fraud in Bulgaria

The Anti-Corruption Fund (ACF) launches research on the impact of controlled and bought votes in Bulgaria’s political elections. The study will cover the period from 2013 until today, including the upcoming parliamentary elections in April 2021. The analysis will be carried out within the project “Broken legitimacy: prevalence and impact of vote fraud in Bulgaria” supported by the Active Citizens of Bulgaria Fund under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014 – 2021.

“Doubts about buying votes and irregularities in the election process have accompanied all elections in Bulgaria for the last 30 years. Many voters are convinced that these practices make elections meaningless. We are launching this project because we believe that Bulgarian citizens need accurate and objective information about how big the vote is in the country and how much it affects the election results, “said Boyko Stankushev, director of the Anti-Corruption Fund.

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To specify the size and impact of the purchased vote, the ACF experts will analyze quantitative and qualitative data on the election results from 2013-2020. They will also conduct interviews with experts from the Central Election Commission, Information Services “, Political scientists, and sociologists. The collected quantitative data will be subjected to statistical analysis, which will allow determining polling stations in which the risk of buying a vote is higher. At the end of March 2021, ACF will present a report with the results of the analysis. Along with it, a list of polling stations where there is a higher risk of buying votes will be presented, which will help law enforcement agencies.

“This will allow law enforcement to more effectively counter vote-buying, including the upcoming parliamentary elections in April 2021. Directing public and media attention to the polling stations where votes are bought will make the implementation of such practices more difficult,” said political scientist Mario Rusinov, part of the project team.

In the project’s next stage, the ACF experts will analyze the 2021 parliamentary elections’ results. They will summarize their findings in a final report, which will be presented publicly in the form of a short video.

“We believe that this project will allow us to talk with more specific data on a crucial issue of the election process in Bulgaria. This is the first step towards achieving the citizens’ higher trust in the election process, ” concluded Boyko Stankushev. ACF will regularly publish news about the progress of the project on its website and Facebook channel

The project “Broken legitimacy: prevalence and impact of vote fraud in Bulgaria” is implemented by the Anti-Corruption Fund with the financial support of Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA FM) 2014-2021 in the total amount of EUR 9,990. The project’s primary goal is to improve the public debate in Bulgarian society about the size and impact of bought and controlled voting on election results and to identify risk sections to assist law enforcement agencies in their efforts to counter vote-buying.