New Pell-Mell with Voters’ Data Posted by Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission

by Атанас Чобанов

Bulgaria’s Central Electoral Commission (CEC) explained the 100,000 voters from the lists in the capital Sofia that disappeared between the first and second rounds of the local elections with making a “technical error”.

This happened after Bivol posted on Facebook remarks on the CEC officially announced voter data in Sofia and the northwestern city of Pleven. Unlike Sofia, where over 100,000 voters had disappeared, 20,000 new voters had appeared in the lists for the second round in Pleven.

After the correction of the “technical error”, the difference in Sofia between the first and second rounds ended up being only 67 people. There are now 1,064,705 people in the first list and 1,064,772 in the second list, according to the CEC.

Corrections were also made in the Pleven lists, where in the first round there had been 115,324 voters in the lists, and for the second round, they are down by 20 people.

The data had been an estimation, how about the ballots?

It became clear from the muddled explanations of the CEC that the voters’ data had been submitted as an “estimate” by the regional governors, but the Municipal Electoral Commission (EC) data were the relevant ones.
In order to comply with the State’s “estimate” about the number of eligible voters, the government must provide every one of them with the opportunity to vote and print the appropriate number of ballots.

The question is what happened with the 100,000 printed ballots for Sofia for the first round of the elections that turned out to be unneeded.

The CEC has not yet released open data for the local elections. Previous research by Bivol in connection with the European Parliament elections data earlier this year showed that machine voting and preferences had not been reported in many places.

In order to tackle the problem, the CEC made a “Stalin-like” decision and canceled the machine voting for the local elections – “no machine voting, no problem”.

However, even without the much hated by the CEC and the political parties machine voting, the problems persist.
It turns out that if the data from the voting polls protocols, published by the CEC, are added, the data on the number of people with voting rights are completely different than those announced.

According to the above addition, 1,057,270 voters could vote in the first round or 7,435 less than announced, and in the second round, the number is 1,062,823 voters or 1,949 less than announced. There is a difference of about 1,000 people in Pleven as well, as in other regional cities where there were run-offs.

In addition, there are as many as 674 voting polls in Sofia with a difference in the number of voters between the first and second rounds. In 50 voting polls, the difference is more than 10 voters. In 25 voting polls, the difference is more than 100 voters between the two rounds.

There are also shocking differences and discrepancies between the announced by the CEC data and the protocol from the MEC for the election of municipal councilors in the southern city of Stara Zagora. IT expert Petko Petkov signaled this on Facebook. According to the CEC, 58,931 people had voted, and according to MEC – 58,609.

The MEC numbers for the voters in the primary and secondary lists also do not add up. It is mindboggling how the sum of 133,727 voters in the main list and 21 in the additional list has ended up being 135,412.

The following table shows the data for Sofia extracted from the voting polls protocols of the votes for the mayor of the municipality. To make the table illustrative, only the data for polls with a difference of five or more voters is published. The CEC owes answers to whether these are again “technical errors” and how they can be so massive and systematic.

 

id Voting Poll Voters Round 1 Voters Round 2 Difference Link to the protocol for round 1 Link to the protocol for round 2
1 224619046 231 835 -604 224619046 224619046
2 224613056 238 776 -538 224613056 224613056
3 224612004 360 847 -487 224612004 224612004
4 224611028 720 283 437 224611028 224611028
5 224602025 319 754 -435 224602025 224602025
6 224611005 284 708 -424 224611005 224611005
7 224605028 305 698 -393 224605028 224605028
8 224606033 296 689 -393 224606033 224606033
9 224618013 283 672 -389 224618013 224618013
10 224612006 607 245 362 224612006 224612006
11 224614072 235 591 -356 224614072 224614072
12 224609077 264 598 -334 224609077 224609077
13 224609014 320 634 -314 224609014 224609014
14 224601008 264 573 -309 224601008 224601008
15 224610061 267 568 -301 224610061 224610061
16 224610070 289 571 -282 224610070 224610070
17 224621026 365 634 -269 224621026 224621026
18 224615094 263 531 -268 224615094 224615094
19 224609047 271 537 -266 224609047 224609047
20 224610092 464 205 259 224610092 224610092
21 224623016 307 566 -259 224623016 224623016
22 224610007 224 482 -258 224610007 224610007
23 224619084 500 724 -224 224619084 224619084
24 224615092 868 689 179 224615092 224615092
25 224603012 350 495 -145 224603012 224603012
26 224608026 779 879 -100 224608026 224608026
27 224601032 711 809 -98 224601032 224601032
28 224610105 32 102 -70 224610105 224610105
29 224609080 256 196 60 224609080 224609080
30 224608018 442 383 59 224608018 224608018
31 224606004 933 884 49 224606004 224606004
32 224610099 61 14 47 224610099 224610099
33 224615091 645 600 45 224615091 224615091
34 224610102 90 51 39 224610102 224610102
35 224620038 937 898 39 224620038 224620038
36 224603055 826 792 34 224603055 224603055
37 224604060 8 41 -33 224604060 224604060
38 224607078 200 233 -33 224607078 224607078
39 224618007 715 683 32 224618007 224618007
40 224605007 655 686 -31 224605007 224605007
41 224608035 42 18 24 224608035 224608035
42 224610100 37 14 23 224610100 224610100
43 224611073 36 14 22 224611073 224611073
44 224610109 389 369 20 224610109 224610109
45 224613059 767 786 -19 224613059 224613059
46 224605035 147 131 16 224605035 224605035
47 224610082 403 387 16 224610082 224610082
48 224617059 243 227 16 224617059 224617059
49 224611068 56 41 15 224611068 224611068
50 224615126 43 31 12 224615126 224615126
51 224610101 32 22 10 224610101 224610101

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