Record Low Turnout Mars Bulgaria Mayoral By-Elections

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Bulgaria: Record Low Turnout Mars Bulgaria Mayoral By-Elections Education Minister Yordanka Fandakova (R put forth by GERB and Borisov and the “red yuppie” Georgi Kadiev (L) from the Bulgarian Socialist Party are the main candidates in the battle for Sofia. Photo by BGNES

Citizens are showing little interest in the six mayoral by-elections, which are held in Bulgaria on Sunday, including the capital Sofia, leading to a record-low turnout, official data shows.

Four hours before the voting day ends at 7 pm, less than 15% of the eligible voters in the capital, have cast a ballot for the race that will pick the successor of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The same turnout was registered in the northwestern city of Vratsa.

The village of Beglezh, located close to the northern city of Pleven, currently tops the turnout ranking with 50% of the voters having already cast a ballot. Next comes the southwestern region of Razlog, where the turnout reached 39,52% and the town of Pravetz (30,19%).

Representatives of the Central Electoral Commission have called on the citizens to cast a ballot in the elections, saying time is running out.

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jingsmaboab - 16 Nov 2009 // 14:11:33

Seems new Mayor Fanka got 15.3% of the total possible votes if every registered elector had turned out to the polling booths. Hardly a mandate, but still better than Bate Boyko's showing last time around.

So what has changed since Communism? Fake elections where 15% of the electorate decide who will be the new chief.....just like the old days!

FIGMENT - 15 Nov 2009 // 18:00:12

" So yes, people are still learning about democracy but the wrong people are there you go..."

The wrong people are politicians because it takes the audacity of ignorance to be a politician. How else to explain all the old communists and their idiot offspring becoming politicians?

Karnak76 - 15 Nov 2009 // 17:57:25

It is a joke because there is no professional politicians, just people with business plans for their pockets.....after all 20 years of democracy is nothing compared to other countries more than 100 years....all Bulgaria knew since liberation from the Ottoman undemocratic regima was more dictatorships....So yes, people are still learning about democracy but the wrong people are there you go...

jingsmaboab - 15 Nov 2009 // 16:57:18

Last time it was only 18%.

So much for the GERB "mandate". Maybe 8% of eligible voters last time, 6% this year?

Democracy in BG is a joke...

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