Bulgaria votes in local elections and referendum
A total of 6,372,548 eligible voters will be able to vote in local elections being held across Bulgaria today. A referendum will also be held in which 6,897,781 people can vote, including expatriates in 294 polling stations across 45 countries; the referendum will decide if electronic voting will be used in elections in the future.
The election includes 265 municipalities and a myriad of smaller councils. There are 71 parties and three coalitions taking part in the vote, with 42,702 candidates standing. These are split into 1,605 standing for municipal mayors, 696 for borough mayors and 35,771 for councillor posts.
The ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) is hoping to retain the 81 councils it currently controls including the mayoralties of Sofia and Bourges; Plovdiv is less certain. The main opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) currently runs 57 councils and is hoping to do better, but this doesn’t seem likely. Another opposition party, the centre-left Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) currently controls 35 councils with 36 councils run by coalitions.
Voters will vote at 12,314 polling stations nationwide between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. local time.