SOFIA Mobile phones and cameras will be banned
from polling booths in Bulgaria's local elections on Sunday
following reports of vote-buying scams.
Bulgarians have been bribed to vote for a designated
candidate and then prove it by taking a picture of their ballot
paper, the Balkan country's media have reported.
The reports forced parliament to amend the law last week to
punish people who sell their votes with up to one year in
prison. Buyers of votes face up to three years in jail.
State news agency BTA quoted chief prosecutor Boris Velchev
as saying on Wednesday that prosecutors had launched a number
of investigations over alleged vote-buying.
The central electoral commission has now decided to ban
mobile phones and cameras on election day.
Bulgaria, which joined the EU in January, is the bloc's