Bulgaria’s Ruling Party Leads In Major Cities For Local Elections

epa04994364 A woman with her child votes at a polling station during the local elections and National referendum 'Do you support to be able to vote remotely by electronic means under the elections and referenda.' in Sofia, Bulgaria 25 October 2015. Bulgaria holds a nationwide referendum on online voting and local elections. Six million voters are to choose among 42 000 candidates. In the capital Sofia, incumbent mayor Yordanka Fandakova (GERB) aims at re-election. The referendum result will be binding, if the turnout now is equal or higher than at the last general elections 2014 Ð then the turnout reached almost 50 per cent. This is the first referendum in Bulgaria inspired by state president Rossen Plevneliev. EPA/VASSIL DONEV

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Exit polls in Bulgaria indicate that the ruling center-right GERB party will maintain its nationwide dominance but with less support than four years ago, following the October 27 municipal and mayoral elections.

In Sofia, the nation’s capital, GERB’s incumbent mayor Yordanka Fandakova is slated for a runoff for her fifth term against Maya Manolova, an independent backed by several opposition parties.

First round Sofia mayoral election projections by Gallup and Alpha Research foresee Fandakova winning around 35 percent of the vote with Manolova getting between 25 and 26 percent.

About 100,000 fewer voters cast their ballot for Fandakova than in the previous mayoral race.

The Fandakova-Manolova faceoff is scheduled for November 3.

 

Via RFE

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