TV show calls for a referendum in Bulgaria


Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev votes at a polling station during the local elections and National referendum 'Do you support to be able to vote remotely by electronic means under the elections and referenda.

Referendum politics are ideal for TV audiences since they can reduce issues to yes-or-no choices

A popular TV show in Bulgaria – the “Slavi's Show” – has collected 670 000 signatures calling for a national referendum related to electoral and political reforms. The petition was discussed in Bulgaria’s Parliament on Monday, February 8, 2016. Initiating the petition in November, the TV show managed to surpass the 400,000 signatures benchmark set by law.

The issue at hand is that Bulgaria only recently held a referendum, on October 25, 2015.  But, the turnout was below 50% and the result was...

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