Elections

Independent Greeks back SYRIZA proposal for referendum on PPC

Independent Greeks have thrown their weight behind SYRIZA's proposal for a referendum on privatizing part of Public Power Corporation (PPC).

In a statement Thursday, the country's right-wing anti-bailout party said leader Panos Kammenos had called leftist opposition leader Alexis Tsipras to declare his support for the move.

Bulgaria's Parliament to Discuss Election Rules Referendum Proposal

Bulgaria's Parliament will hold an extraordinary sitting on a proposal for a referendum on election rules on Tuesday.

Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov scheduled the extraordinary sitting for Tuesday at 2 pm.

The referendum proposal was initiated by Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and was backed by an initiative committee.

Parliament to Hold Emergency Session on Voting Rules Referendum

Bulgaria's Parliament is to convene on Tuesday, with a proposal to hold a referendum on voting rules set a single issue on the agenda.

Lawmakers were initially poised to discuss on Thursday a referendum petition allowing citizens to have their say on majority elections system, mandatory voting, and e-voting, but lack of quorum hindered the session.

Mandatory Voting Idea 'Cynical', Will Harm DPS - Lyutvi Mestan

Co-ruling Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS)'s leader Lyutvi Mestan described compulsory voting as a "cynical" idea that would bring harm to Bulgarian politics.

"Mandatory voting will hurt the DPS. It also hurt the political system and will not treat, but only deepen its defects," private channel bTV quoted Mestan as saying before entering Parliament Thursday.

Croat Family Values Group Demand Electoral Reform

The right-wing campaigning group that pushed successfully last year for a referendum outlawing the possibility of gay marriage is now turning its attention to electoral reform.

On Wednesday, Zeljka Markic, a member of In the Name of the Family, announced that they were collecting signatures for the referendum on the way people vote.

Parliament Speaker: Voting Referendum to Be Debated in Days

Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Mihail Mikov has promised that the referendum on voting rules proposed January is to be put onto MPs' agenda this week.

His announcement comes nearly five months after President Rosen Plevneliev suggested that a national poll should be held on three key issues: the introduction of a majority election system, mandatory voting, and e-voting.

Communication may improve voter interest in EU elections, analysts say

Communication may improve voter interest in EU elections, analysts say

Analysts debate what the Union can do to engage Balkan voters.

Turnout in EU Parliament elections can be increased through better communication with citizens, analysts said, after statistics showed that most voters chose not to cast ballots last month.

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