|Grant Number||BG_X 2008_129|
|Organization||Institute for Public Environment Development (IPED)|
|Project Name||"Buying votes" or the Death of Local Democracy|
|Amount Awarded||USD 25,000.00|
|Grant Period||May 01, 2009 - December 31, 2009|
a) Context In Bulgaria the voters are bought, while the state agencies and the civil society are not capable of withstanding efficiently that procedure, which results in compromising the idea of procuring political representation by holding elections. Buying votes is a “good investment”, ensuring representation of organized criminal networks and businesses, so called “rings from companies”, at the local governments. Once they got into the local government, the “political” representatives are forming dynamical majorities in the government but not in a political, but rather in economical manner. b) Goal and objectives The project proposal will combine the information collected on terrain in five Bulgarian municipalities, which explores the effects of buying votes and the governing of economical majorities over the life of the local communities. It aims at drawing the attention of civil society and raising public debate over the problem of the consequences of “buying votes” over the life of local communities. The objective is: • The preparation and implementation of methodology and quality indexes about the state and the way of functioning of the local authority organs in a situation of collapsing institutions for political representation.