Less than 21% participated in the Referendum for a new nuclear plant in Bulgaria on the 27th of January, then, the results (abt 60% pro) cannot be taken into account. There was a general misinformation in media since the Referendum that cost the country millions of dollars was announced as a question about a new nuclear plant. In fact, the political descendants of the communists supported an old project for a nuclear plant which has been initiated in Belene in 1980s and was stopped in 2010 because of high costs. Premier Bojko Borisov and GERB support abuilding of a new nuclear reactor in Kozloduj.
Soviet Union had used in past Bulgaria for selling old technology like Kremikovtsi which has cost the health of people of the whole Sofia Region. Belene, similarly, seems to be a fake item, according media.
According to Bulgarians, this Referendum was also a test for socialists before the elections in six months. Then, the vote of 60% is not about the nuclear power, but for those who support the project. Such politization of the social life is one of the biggest disasters in Bulgaria, a heritage from the communist regime. It also shows that Bulharia has overwhelmed the communist totalitarism, while the politicians like Sergej Stanishev have been pooling this country toward the past. Most impressive is the reaction of the socialist leader after the Referendum who had claimed victory although immediately it became clear that there were not enough votes for making decision. Such dishonesty is the hallmark of the whole former communist regime which has been reproduced in the post-communist Bulgaria and has been troubling majority by preventing rebirth of new national identity based on honesty and integrity.
Former Energy Minister Traycho Traykov has defined the January 27 referendum on the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria as a "damaged item in democratic packaging."
"The question was actually do you agree to buy it and throw it out or buy it and then eat it," Traykov stated Monday in an interview for Nova TV.He said that it was highly doubtful whether the referendum had brought profits for anybody.
Bulgaria's former Energy Minister suggested that there were several ways to interpret the results of the referendum.
"Of those who voted "no", some voted against the Belene NPP, others against nuclear energy in general, still others against Belene NPP but for a seventh unit at the Kozloduy NPP, others against Belene NPP and against 7th unit, but for an extension of the lives of units 5 and 6, so there is a huge risk that you voted for one thing, while your answer is interpreted another way," he explained.
He claimed that the referendum would still have resulted in nothing even if the question had been stated clearly.
"People told politicians that they are mature enough to understand when they are being sold a fake item," Traykov pointed out.
According to preliminary results of the January 27 referendum on the development of nuclear energy in Bulgaria, a total of 60.55% voted in favor of the construction of a new nuclear power plant in the country.
With 97.14% of the votes counted, it emerged early on Monday that a total of 832 742 people had backed the potential construction of a new nuclear power plant, while 522 927 had voted against.
The referendum was invalidated by low turnout, as merely 21% of the eligible voters cast ballots .
As the turnout is over 20%, and more than half of the votes are positive, the question is to be returned to Parliament for further discussion.
Comment: This article had produced a wide discussion at Facebook. It seems Bulgarians are divided in their opinions about Referendum and the results, and the differences in the opinions do not have (only) political color. The analogy in the title is functional and not technological.