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EUobserver / Bulgaria uses weather, music charts as code to get around exit poll rules

The Bulgarian media have been using the weather, as well as music and literary charts, as a fairly obvious code to get around a law that forbids the publishing of exit polls before the end of the elections.

On a day where the temperatures have in reality reached above 35 degrees, the temperature at the city hall - home to the mayor and leader of the centre-right Gerb party, Boyko Borisov - has oddly dropped to 25.5 degrees, the Bgnes news agency reports.

Some media have been using sunny weather as a code for election results

Meanwhile, near the governing Socialists' headquarters the temperature is an even chillier 20 degrees, it says.

The number of degrees celsius are a none-too-subtle code for the percentage the parties are supposed to have obtained.

Wind speed, code for voter turnout, was 26 metres per second at aroud 5:30 p.m., it also reported.

For its part, the Focus news agency is using books for its winking election result update. Focus has reported that 38 percent of people had gone to buy books by 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.

by Fran on Sun Jun 7th, 2009 at 01:40:00 PM EST
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