Presidential Elections: Almost 7 Million Bulgarians Invited to Vote

Written by on November 6, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

In the south-east Australian city of Melbourne, members of the Bulgarian expat community were already voting, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, while Bulgarians living in their home country were still asleep. This applied to other Australian cities too, where volunteers even served Banitsa to those who took the time to vote in this presidential election.

At 08:00 a.m. local time in Bulgaria, 12,500 polling stations opened all over the country, from Kalotina to Burgas, and from Ruse to Rezovo. Some 6.8 million Bulgarians were invited to cast their vote for the next president, after Rosen Plevneliev decided not to seek a second term.

There are a total of 21 candidates, most of whom do not have the slightest chance for a victory. These are some of the stronger candidates:

  • Tsetska Tsacheva: A member of GERB, the party of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, and a former Parliament Speaker. Just a few weeks back, Borissov said he was going to step down if she did not win the election in the first round. Since then, he has been back-tracking, since he noticed the country is not that enthusiastic about his candidate. Still, she might get most votes.
  • Rumen Radev: The former Air Force general is not a member of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, but running as its candidate. According to polling institutes, he might be second.
  • Krassimir Karakachanov: He is the presidential candidate for the far right and Nazi parties in Bulgaria. Using the refugee crisis, he spread messages, which are typical for xenophobic politicians.
  • Traycho Traykov: The former minister runs as the candidate for Bulgaria’s Reformist Bloc.

The Bulgarians will also answer questions in a referendum, including this one: “Do you support the introduction of compulsory voting in elections and referenda?”

Polling stations in Bulgaria are scheduled to close at 8:00 p.m.. A run-off round in this election is likely.

By Imanuel Marcus

 

 

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