On February 1st, 2018, for the 13th consecutive year we celebrate the Global Elections Day.
The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria congratulates its international partners –, the election management bodies across the world, the international organizations involved in organizing conducting and/or monitoring elections, as well as the citizens, and wishes everyone peace and prosperity.
On the occasion of the Global Elections Day, the Central Election Commission announces an Open Doors Day and invites all citizens to attend the regular meeting of the Commission on 1 February 2018 at 10:30 h in hall 42, at the mezzanine floor of the National Assembly building on 1 Knyaz Aleksandar I Square, entrance from Dondukov Blvd. (in order to provide access passes, everyone interested must book their attendance at 02/939 37 19 no later than 9,30 on 01.02.2018)
The Central Election Commission is using once more the opportunity to express their gratitude to all participants in the electoral process across the country for their efforts in organizing and conducting legitimate elections and respecting the rights and freedoms of all citizens.
The decision to celebrate the Global Election Day every first Thursday in February was taken in 2005 at an international conference of the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials (ACEEEO) held in Hungary. The aim of the Association is to provide a forum for exchange of information and best practices between election management bodies. The Central Election Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria is one of the first members of ACEEEO, since 1991, and is an active partner in joint events, delivering presentations, submitting reports and opinions. The focus of events organized is different - from ensuring the transparency of the electoral process, the role and participation of the media, electoral technologies, and financial reforms, equality of women, minority groups and disadvantaged persons, to the active participation of all citizens in the electoral process. ACEEEO unites election management bodies from more than 20 countries and is actively working in cooperation with international organizations to observe the elections, such as: European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and others. Additional information about ACEEEO is available on the official website of the organization: http://www.aceeeo.org/.
CEC is a member of the Association of World Election Bodies - A-WEB. The association was founded in 2013 in the Republic of Korea, with more than 170 member-states, and the Central Election Commission of the Republic of Bulgaria is a founding member. Additional information about the organization is available on its official website: http://www.aweb.org/eng/main.do.
Members of the Central Election Commission present Bulgarian legislation and practices on other international high level forums.
At the invitation of partner countries, CEC Bulgaria participated with observers in elections in order to exchange experience and practices.