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INCREASING TRANSPARENCY IN THE FINANCING OF ELECTION CAMPAIGNS IN BULGARIA

(2006-2007)                   

The project, increasing transparency in the financing of election campaigns in Bulgaria, is one year long initiative which commenced at the beginning of September 2006 with the financial support of Democracy Commission of the Embassy of USA.

The main aim of the project is to encourage political participants to respect the principles of transparency, accountability and integrity in the financing of electoral activities in Bulgaria.

The main focus of the initiative is placed on monitoring of the financing of election campaigns of the candidates for President and Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria within the period September-December 2006. During the monitoring some sociological studies measuring public perceptions were performed.

The Index of Transparency of Financing on the presidential campaign serves as a means of reporting on trends in financing of election campaigns.

Checks of the financial records relating to revenue and expenditure of election campaign of the candidates for president and vice president were carried out.