Bulgaria: October 29 local elections: Voter turnout is 34,16% at 16.00


Exit polls by "Gallup International" and "Alpha Research" at 20:00 on October 29

Oct 29, 2023. Posted by  Balkan Periscope - Hellas


Central Election Commission (CEC) spokesperson, Rositsa Mateva, gave a second regular briefing on election day, October 29.

As at 16.00, the voter turnout in the country based on information from all Municipal Election Commissions in the country is 34.16%. The highest turnout was in the municipality of Chelopech - 75.15%, and the lowest was in Dobrich - 23.18%.

"It has already become known that in several municipalities there are ballot papers without numbering. These are in Kyustendil, Dupnitsa, Dobrich, Radomir and Pernik. We have given instructions to the election commissions. They will draw up protocols in the event of ballot papers with misssing numbers. Voters who voted with such ballots papers should not worry. Their vote will be counted," Rositsa Mateva said.

CEC reported a problem with a shortage of ballot papers in several municipalities.

"Several town halls ran out of ballot papers. In Mezdra, before that in Varbeshnitsa town hall, we have given instructions there to make photocopy of the ballot papers and to draw up protocols by members of the elections commissions, numbering the ballot papers with consecutive numbers. Similarly in Parvomay, in the municipality of Poroyna, in the municipality of Lom in Dolna Beshovitsa and in Shumen - in the municipality of Losevo. Information was received from Mezdra and from Oselna and Uchindol town halls. There are ballot papers there, but they warn they are running out of them soon. A smaller number has been requested for printing and after applications were submitted by voters who are entitled to vote at their current address the request has not been updated with the relevant number of ballot papers,” Mateva said.

Bulgaria votes in local government elections


Bulgaria holds municipal and mayoral elections on October 29, 2023 as per the decree signed by President Rumen Radev.

Bulgaria holds municipal elections every four years, with the previous local elections having been held on October 27, 2019. A second round of mayoral elections was held a week later, on November 3, in municipalities where no candidate achieved the threshold for a victory in the first-round.