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Referendum in Bulgaria deliberately left at low key
On Sunday, 6 November 2016, a citizen-initiated referendum was held in Bulgaria on three questions. Voters were asked whether to introduce mandatory voting, a majority system to elect the members of parliament and whether to curb subsidies for political parties. The referendum took place alongside the elections of the President. Reflecting the rule for turnout in Bulgaria, 3.500.585 people had to participate in the referendum to equal the number of voters in the last parliamentary elections. However, even though all three questions showed overwhelmingly support for change, the referendum was invalid as it fell less than 13 000 ballots short of the threshold.
On the right hand side you can read Democracy International's press release ahead of the referendum with Bulgarian board member Daniela Bozhinova.