“Publishing exit polls is illegal in Bulgaria during voting, but the country’s media have found ingenious methods to get around the ban, including nursery rhymes, flower sales and wind speeds.
As voting took place in Bulgaria’s first ever European elections, the BGNES news agency ran a weather forecast saying it was 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit) — but only near the ruling Socialist Party headquarters.
To those in the know the forecasts meant that Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev’s Socialist party was on track to win six out of the 18 European Parliament seats up for grabs.
Less than a kilometer (mile) away, at the main buildings of the newly-formed populist party GERB of Sofia mayor Boiko Borisov, it was much colder with only 19 degrees, indicating that GERB was polling at four seats.”
Winds, meanwhile, were blowing at 12 metres per second in Bulgaria at 1:00 pm (1000 GMT), BGNES said, indicating 12 percent turnout.
The Focus news agency also published information from five polling agencies under cover of a ranking of movies, songs, books, flowers and even children’s tales.”
This is how the Bulgarians must be publishing information on the outcomes of the exit polls:
We have no exit polls but Jack and Jill went up the hill
Jack fell down and broke the crown and Jill got the bill.
We have no exit polls but at low speeds the the winds are blowing
No squall is predicted and no cold and no nose blowing.
We have no exit polls but the roses are red and come at one cent each
The petunias are a rare sight and have all gone to the beach.