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.