Voter turnout in the Veliko Tarnovo region at 11:00 a.m. was 11.22%. The highest voter turnout was in the municipality of Elena – 15.8%, and the lowest was in the municipality of Veliko Tarnovo – 8.96%.
There is tension in the Upper Oryakhov village of Varbitsa. There are more serious problems with the voting machines in the municipalities of Lyaskovets and Pavlikeni.
In the municipalities of Veliko Tarnovo, Gorna Oryahovitsa, Elena, Lyaskovets and Pavlikeni, runoffs for mayor of a municipality are held, and in 8 of the 10 municipalities in the Veliko Tarnovo region, the residents of 23 settlements also elect their mayors.
At the opening of the two polling stations in the Upper Oryakhov village of Varbitsa, local people stood in front of them in a civil protest against electoral tourism:
“Why should some people from Sofia come here to vote for the mayor of Gorna Oryahovitsa? The law allows and that is exactly what we want, to make it known that this law needs to be changed”.
The police presence in Varbitsa has been increased to prevent riots.
In Veliko Tarnovo, voters are choosing between the current mayor Daniel Panov from GERB and Yordan Terziyski from PP-DB.
“To build up, not to “spit” at each other. There has never been such an election campaign with so much “spitting”. I voted with a paper ballot.”
“With a paper ballot, because that’s how I shake hands with the state, and there are no intermediaries between me and my vote. The mayor should pay attention to the old part of the city,” said voters.
The municipal election commissions in Lyaskovets and Pavlikeni are waiting for CEC decisions on whether to stop voting with the machines that release blank receipts or fold the slips, or cut them correctly.
In Veliko Tarnovo, in one of the sections, the machine did not work and a paper vote was used.