The administrative court in Blagoevgrad allowed the counting of ballots from three sections in the municipality of Strumyani in the case of the disputed election for mayor of the municipality.
In an open court session, the court reviewed the recordings from the video recording of the process of counting the ballots in the six sectional commissions on the territory of the Strumyani municipality from the local elections held on October 29. The court also inspected the voter lists for the two sectional election commissions in Strumyani municipality named by the applicant.
Given the findings of the verification carried out in the court session of the case, the court allowed the counting of the actual ballots in three sectional committees indicated by the applicant. For the next court session, scheduled for Friday, the court demanded to review the lists of attendants to the electoral rolls of the two sectional commissions that were checked.
The case was initiated following a complaint by Radoslav Petsanov, a candidate for mayor of the Strumyani municipality from the PP GERB. It is said that the candidate Emil Iliev was declared elected mayor of the municipality with 1402 votes, the difference over the required 50% + 1 of the actual votes being only five votes. It is argued that this difference results from a miscalculation of valid and invalid ballots.