Today’s second round of elections for mayor and regional mayors began at a slow pace.
According to data from Gallup International Balkan, a partner of the Bulgarian National Radio in the coverage of the local elections, as of 9:00 a.m. the voter turnout in Plovdiv was 1.1%.
In one polling station in the Trakia region – with number 28 – the machine was blocked and taken out of the process – the spokesperson of the OIC – Plovdiv Kaloyan Sukhorukov told Radio Plovdiv. Thus, voting there will continue with paper ballots, he added.
The election day began at 7:00 a.m. and will end at 8:00 p.m. It started without serious violations of order, so far there have been no reports of crimes related to the elections, the Ministry of the Interior announced.
In Plovdiv, about 850 law enforcement officers are engaged to ensure the normal course of the election process and the security of the 913 sections on the territory of the district – 888 stationary and 25 mobile.
Armed persons and those carrying objects dangerous to the life and health of citizens are not allowed in the polling station. The use of mobile phones, cameras or other recording equipment to record the voting process is prohibited.
And today, on the day of the runoff, the “Bulgarian Identity Documents” units will work from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. They will issue certificates (for lost/stolen/damaged/destroyed ID cards and expired documents) with a view to exercising citizens’ voting rights.
Reports of violations that hinder the elections and are relevant to the actions of the Ministry of the Interior are received on the 24-hour telephone line of the Ministry 02 90 112 98 and email [email protected], as well as on the phone number 032 932 248 found in the Plovdiv Directorate.
Until the end of election day at 8:00 p.m., bans on political campaigning and publicizing the results of sociological surveys are in force.
Voters who have applied for voting at their current address are also included in the voter lists. They cannot vote at their permanent address,” the CEC states.
From there, they remind that everyone can decide for himself how to cast his vote in the sections with mixed voting – whoever chooses by machine will be given a card from the CEC. Ballots from the machine are printed sequentially and must be picked up after the machine beeps.
A machine that stops working and cannot be restarted is out of order, and voting will continue with paper ballots.