In Sofia, the child of the DS slipped through the eyes of a needle with humiliating trembling until the last moment, commented the constitutionalist Borislav Tsekov on his Facebook page. According to him, although Vanya Grigorova had the potential to attract a protest vote, she did not manage to achieve anything more than Maya Manolova in the previous local elections in Sofia.
Here is the full text of the comment:
“The election is over. A few findings and conclusions:
In Sofia, the child of the DS slipped through the eyes of a needle with humiliating trembling until the last moment, and after it became clear to everyone that he was untenable as a candidate, lacking not only knowledge of governance, but even a minimum of charisma to attract public attention . Humiliating participation and humiliating result.
This against the background of the gigantic resources that were invested in imposing his candidacy and sculpting his public image. Some of those who voted for him, especially in the second round, voted for purely situational reasons and not as an expression of substantial political support. At the same time, many of them voted with more than disgust – they voted for Terziev with contempt, due to pragmatic ideological reasons.
Flowers and roses
This applies especially to the majority of Vili Lilkov’s voters, on whose several thousand votes in the second round the photo-finish victory of Terziev practically rests. Expectations for a glamorous political future of the youngster are initially annihilated, his wings are clipped.
He comes to power in Sofia hated by the vast majority of Sofians (who voted and even more who did not vote), I am convinced that he will leave power even more hated, and it is quite possible in an even more humiliating way than when he became mayor.
On the other hand, the attempts of some of those who are closely related to the intrigues in the left to hyperbolize the participation of Vanya Grigorova are far from reality. With this controversial (how polite I am!) PPDB candidate and with favorable circumstances for Grigorova to have the potential to attract a protest vote, she failed to achieve anything more than Maya Manolova in the previous local elections in Sofia.
Then Manolova faced Fandakova, who was still in power, and GERB was in power, Boyko Borisov – Prime Minister. And Manolova reached the second round, where she lost by a margin of about 4.5%.
Grigorova is now behind Terziev by a little more than a percentage point, but in a far more favorable political situation. At the same time, Grigorova received a significant part of the votes in the second round from GERB voters, who voted for her with disgust, as a protest against PPDB and the children of DS.
Quite naive, although with transparent motives, are statements like “a new star is born” and “this is the new leader of the left”.
Grigorova did not manage to collect a centrist vote, and remained confined only to the hard core of the BSP and the Russophile-Eurasian groups. The rest (mainly from GERB and some rightists) voted for her purely situationally, to punish PPDB and would hardly ever repeat such a vote. In principle, it is rather naive to believe that a red candidate can win in Sofia, let alone with a radical Marxist ideology and rhetoric from the 19th century, which characterizes Grigorova.
Well, in no more than a year, Grigorova will be where Manolova is now. So much for the “new stars” thing.
Otherwise, in the country: GERB remains the first political force in terms of the number of municipal councilors, it also won the mayoral elections in many places. But it failed significantly in Sofia, Varna, Pazardzhik, which is due to extremely weak applications. Hekimyan is clear – let it be in the ears of the party members from GERB that the time has long passed when, no matter how much they raised a “donkey”, people voted for them.
In Varna and Pazardzhik, to appoint mayors who have been in power for 16 years – Todor Popov, and 10 years – Portnih, is not a particularly forward-looking political decision. Even if the mayors are good, after such a long rule people get tired and instinctively look for change. A whole generation grew up with these mayors, and they still want it.
The greatest political art, which few have mastered, is to retire in time, so that you can preserve authority and energy for possible subsequent political moves, and not to hold on to power until the “last”.
Therefore, the victory of PPDB in Varna and Pazardzhik is quite natural. The BSP rose from the ashes in these local elections – there are twenty more mayors than in the previous elections. Rumors about the “political death” of Ninova and the “new star” Grigorova are greatly exaggerated.
DPS is the second political force in terms of the number of municipal councilors and is slightly expanding its influence in terms of the number of mayors. ITN also presents itself decently as a small party – with a breakthrough in the Metropolitan Municipal Council, where there will be three councilors, as well as a breakthrough with the mayor of the regional center – Lovech.
For me, at least, the failure of “Vazrazhdane”, which failed to obtain significant representation in the local government, is not news. There is no ground for Eurasianism in Bulgaria when it comes to politics and governance. At the household level – yes, it speaks against the EU, Euro-Atlanticism, capitalism, etc.
But when it comes to political choices, the vast majority of people vote rationally, because they know that Bulgaria has no future outside of Europe. But above all is the general disgust of the Bulgarian citizens with the parties and candidates in the political field, which is materialized in the extremely low voter turnout.
Therefore, contrary to the cliché that in local elections everyone wins, in this local vote everyone lost. And the distance from there to their becoming unnecessary is not very much. A serious analysis is needed in the parties themselves as to how they will develop in the future. And above all, abandoning the fair and commercial beginning in personnel selection and political nominations in elections.
People expect prepared and experienced candidates, not TikTok heroes, bought nominations or another “eternal Amber”. Don’t underestimate them another time.”
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