site.btaVazrazhdane Claim to Have Collected Over 100k Signatures for Referendum to Keep Bulgarian Lev
So far, Vazrazhdane have collected a little over 100,000 signatures in support of the referendum to keep the Bulgarian lev, the party's leader Kostadin Kostadinov said in Parliament here on Friday. The question in the referendum is "Do you agree for the Bulgarian lev to be the only official currency in Bulgaria until 2043?". According to Vazrazhdane, Bulgaria will not be ready to join the eurozone in the next 20 years. The signatures have to be submitted to Parliament by April 10 at the latest.
A total of 41,000 signatures were collected in the first week and another 61,000 in the second week, which adds up to 102,000 signatures collected in two weeks across the country, Kostadinov explained. Ten more weeks remain during which signatures can be collected.
The party aims to collect at least 500,000 signatures, although 400,000 would be enough, Kostadinov said.
According to the Citizens' Direct Participation in Central Government and Local Self-Government Act, an initiative committee consisting of citizens with voting rights, which has collected no less than 200,000 signatures, can submit to Parliament a proposal to hold a national referendum. Parliament is obliged to adopt a decision to conduct the referendum if no less than 400,000 signatures of Bulgarian citizens with voting rights have been collected and submitted.