Haskovo district center is electing a mayor today. Those with the right to vote are 75,951, of which 60,721 are in the city, and the rest – in the villages. There are 152 sections, and in 136 you can vote on paper or by machine.
Today there is also a runoff for mayor of Simeonovgrad municipality. In the second round, governors and 14 more settlements from the region are to be elected: 7 Haskovo villages, Merichleri town and 5 Dimitrovgrad villages, as well as Topolovgrad’s Sinapovo.
In Haskovo municipality, the runoff will determine the mayors of 7 villages: Vaglarovo, Klokotnitsa, Krivo Pole, Malevo, Knizhovnik, Gorno Vojvodino and Mandra. The most disputed are the political fights in the villages of Gorno Vojvodino and Klokotnitsa. In the first round, the difference in the result between the two contenders for the mayoral seat in Gorno Vojvodino was only two votes – 45 to 43, and in the village of Klokotnica – 5 votes. 108 of the voters voted for one of the candidates who qualified for the runoff, and 103 for the second. 460 were the voters on the list in the only section in Klokotnitsa. 297 votes were cast, 8 of which were invalid ballots and two marked “I do not support anyone”.
The town of Merichleri and 5 Dimitrovgrad villages are electing their mayors today: Zlato Pole, Dobrich, Krepost, Chernogorovo and Briast. The runoffs for the villages of Chernogorovo and Zlato Pole are expected to be disputed, where the difference between the candidates in the first round is 4 votes each – in Chernogorovo 215 against 211 votes, in Zlato Pole – 137 against 133 votes. The difference between the contenders in the village of Bryasto is 6 votes – 48 to 42 votes.
In the municipality of Topolovgrad, a second round is coming in a village – Sinapovo.
Election day starts at 7:00 a.m. and lasts until 8:00 p.m. After this hour, only voters who are waiting in front of the polling station are allowed to vote, as a member of the commission collects their identity documents. Voting can continue no later than 9 p.m.