The run-off in the capital proved particularly contested after parallel counting began on Sunday evening.
At 7:00 a.m., the Central Election Commission has processed 99.78% of the protocols and the data shows that the difference between Vasil Terziev and Vanya Grigorova is less than 5,000 votes.
The candidate of the local coalition “We continue the change – Democratic Bulgaria” with “Save Sofia” received 48.17% or 174,321 votes.
Behind him is Grigorova, supported by the BSP, “Levitsa” others, with 46.92% or 169,785 votes.
4.92% of the people of Sofia went to the polls, only to note that they did not support anyone. In numbers, this is 17,788 people.
The second largest city in Bulgaria will certainly have a new mayor.
At 7:00 in the morning, the CEC has already processed 100 percent of the protocols and they indicate that it is Kostadin Dimitrov from GERB. He has 54.15% of the vote or 37,041 of the votes of Plovdiv residents.
After him remains the candidate promoted by “We continue the change – Democratic Bulgaria” – Ivaylo Staribratov. 28,511 people, or 41.68 percent of the eligible voters in Plovdiv, gave him a vote of confidence.
“I do not support anyone” was scored by 4.17 percent – 2,849 voters.
Our sea capital also now has a new mayor and his name is Blagomir Kotsev. There, by 7:00 a.m., 100% of the protocols have already been processed.
The candidate of “We continue the change – Democratic Bulgaria” is 53.06% ahead of his opponent or 45,395 votes. After him remains the previous mayor of Varna – Ivan Portnih from GERB. Portnich collected 41.52% of the vote – 35,519 votes.
“I do not support anyone” was crossed out by 5.42% of Varna residents or 4,639 voters.
The results in Ruse are also now completely clear with 100% processed CEC protocols.
The city re-elects its previous mayor – Pencho Milkov. In the runoff, the candidate supported by the BSP, the “Levitsa”, the MIR party and others, received the trust of 63% of those entitled to vote or 17,662 votes.
The GERB candidate – Ivan Ivanov – has 31.58% or 8852 votes.
5.42 of Rusyns went to the polls and noted that they did not support anyone (1,519 people).
With 100% processed protocols from Pleven, it becomes clear that the previous mayor of the city – Georg Spartanski – loses his post.
The winner of the second round is the GERB candidate – Valentin Hristov. He received 63.62 percent of the vote or 21,824 votes. Spartanski remains second with 33.51 percent – 11,494 votes.
2.87% voted “I do not support anyone”.
In Blagoevgrad, too, 100 percent of the protocols have already been processed.
The city has a new mayor and his name is Metodi Baikushev from “We continue the change – Democratic Bulgaria”. Baikushev has 50.21% of the votes of those entitled to vote or 13,611 votes.
Ilko Stoyanov, nominated by an initiative committee, remains in second place in the runoff. He has 47.24% or 12,805 votes.
2.56 percent indicated that they did not support anyone.
Here are the rest of the final results from the regional cities where the vote was taken for the mayor of the runoff, with 100% processed protocols:
The previous mayor Daniel Panov (GERB) with 53.20% defeated Yordan Terziyski (PP-DB) with 42.30%. 4.49% of those who voted – or 934 people – indicated that they did not support anyone.
Tsvetan Tsenkov (SDS), who is currently the mayor of Vidin, received 57.28% of the votes compared to 39.92% for Alexander Mateev (GERB). 2.79% voted “I do not support anyone”.
Acting mayor Tanya Hristova (GERB) received the support of 66.58% of those who voted, compared to 28.86% for Daniel Petrov, candidate of “Vazrazhdane”. 4.55% do not support either candidate.
A third mandate for mayor Yordan Yordanov (local coalition “Movement Bulgaria of Citizens”) received 50.72% of the votes, and his opponent Krasimir Nikolov (GERB) – 45.04%. 4.25% voted with “I do not support anyone”.
Kyustendil will have a new mayor. Ognyan Atanasov (Green Party) received 68.63% and thus defeated Petar Paunov (GERB) with 29.61%, ending his 16-year rule. Here “I support no one” with 1.77%.
Stanimir Petkov (“There is such a people”) won with 51.76% over the previous mayor Valentina Nedyalkova from GERB, who received 45.60% of the votes. 2.64% indicated that they did not support anyone.
One of the big surprises of these elections – the end of the 16-year rule of Todor Popov (local coalition “New Time”) in the city. He received only 43.95% of the vote. The new mayor of the city is Petar Kulenski (PP-DB), who gathered the support of 53.94% of the voters. 2.11% do not support either candidate.
Dobrin Dobrev won 54% of the votes, and the previous mayor, Miroslav Grncharov, who was elected this term by PP-DB – 42.98%. Hicks of “I do not support anyone” put 3.02% of those who went to the polls.
Alexander Sabanov (independent) took 56.21% of the vote, and his opponent Ivelin Ivanov (GERB) – 41.27%. 2.51% voted “I do not support anyone”.
The mayor of Sliven Stefan Radev (GERB) won a new mandate with 59.33% against 37.89% for the other candidate in the runoff – Plamen Stoyanov (Direct Democracy). 2.77% of those who voted did not support anyone.
The previous mayor Nikolay Memelov (GERB) recorded a victory with 48.63% over Stefan Sabrutev (Movement Our City) with 47.47%. The difference here is just over a percent or 149 votes. 3.89% of those who went to the polls did not support either candidate.
A convincing victory for the incumbent mayor Stanislav Dechev (GERB, who took 60.37% of the votes in the race against 37.37% for the independent Nikolay Stavrev, supported by PP-DB. 2.26% voted with “I do not support anyone”.
Hristo Hristov (BSP for Bulgaria) collected 71.38% of the votes. The other candidate in the runoff – Georgi Kolev (GERB) – has only 25.88%. 2.74% support no one.