site.btaCentral Election Commission to Provide CEC and REC Members with Instructions on What to Do in Event of Bomb Signal
The Central Election Commission (CEC) will provide instructions to its members and those of the Regional Election Commissions (REC) on what to do in the event of a possible signal of an explosive device, as well as a contact phone number, said CEC chairperson Kamelia Neykova after a meeting Interior Minister Demerdzhiev on issues related to the smooth running of the election day on April 2.
A few days ago, by order of caretaker Prime Minister Galab Donev, an inter-ministerial working group was established with the task of preparing a procedure for responding to the bomb threats at critical infrastructure sites and updating the National Counter-Terrorism Plan by the end of May. Dozens of Bulgarian schools have been receiving threats of planted explosive devices, but during their checks so far the police have not found any dangerous substances.
The CEC and the Interior Ministry will make every effort to ensure a peaceful election day, without any interruption of the election day and voting, so that voters can be calm and the CEC can do its work without any unnecessary tension, created by such signals, Neykova added. She said that the CEC would be promptly informed of any case on the territory of the country, if any.
Regarding the inspection of bulky luggage on election day, Neykova explained that it would be carried out outside voting buildings. There will be no entry into the polling stations for the purpose of such verification, so that voters and CEC members do not have to worry about their personal belongings being checked inside the polling station or in the corridors, she added.
Neykova also said that the CEC members should remind citizens to take their luggage if they forget it in the polling station, as not to create conditions for unnecessary tension and anxiety on election day.