Voting for new president and municipal councils
Bulgarian voters are voting today in elections for a new president and municipal councils.
Around 6,933,748 will be eligible to vote in the presidential election and around 300,000 less in the municipal elections. About 11,807 polling stations will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time (161 in overseas missions) with a total of 264 municipalities seeing local contests.
The current president, Georgi Parvanov is not eligible to stand again because he has completed his two terms.
The battle for the presidency is between Rosen Plevneliev of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) and main opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) candidate, Ivailo Kalfin. There are 18 candidates standing.
The latest opinion polls suggest that Plevneliev will get around 41% of the vote with Kalfin on 20% and Independent Meglana Kuneva getting 13%. This means that a second round runoff is on the cards for 30th October.
According to the Sofia Echo, there are around 10,000 mayoral candidates and 45,000 council candidates standing for election.