These are the official results of the October 25 2015 first round of mayoral elections in Bulgaria’s 10 largest cities and towns by population, with 100 per cent of ballots counted, as announced by the Central Election Commission.
In five of the 10 largest cities and towns, run-offs will be held on November 1 between the two candidates with the largest shares of votes in the first round. At the second round, a simple majority will be enough to win.
In the five cases of first-round victories in this list of the “top 10”, all went to candidates nominated by Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s GERB party.
In the case of each city and town, this list includes the two candidates with the most votes, irrespective of a first-round victory or a run-off, and omits other candidate mayors.
Sofia (a first-round victory): Yordanka Fandukova 60.17 per cent (GERB), Vili Lilkov (Reformist Bloc) 9.62 per cent.
Plovdiv (run-off): Ivan Totev (GERB) 39.55 per cent, Slavcho Atanassov (Patriotic Front) 21.12 per cent.
Varna (first-round victory): Ivan Portnih (GERB) 62.67 per cent, Chavdar Trifonov (Reformers and Patriots) 9.27 per cent.
Bourgas (first-round victory): Dimitar Nikolov (GERB) 84 per cent, Boiko Mirazchiiski 6.17 per cent (National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria).
Rousse (first-round victory): Valentin Velikov (GERB) 52.28 per cent, Georgi Georgiev (Bulgarian Socialist Party) 28.91 per cent.
Stara Zagora (first-round victory): Zhivko Todorov (GERB) 79.94 per cent, Stefan Shishkov (Bulgarian Socialist Party) 9.43 per cent.
Pleven (run-off) Georgi Spartanski (Reformist Bloc-VMRO) 33.33 per cent, Dimitar Stoikov (GERB) 31.21 per cent.
Sliven (run-off) Stefan Radev (GERB) 33.95 per cent, Kolyo Milev (Bulgarian Socialist Party) 32.66 per cent.
Dobrich (run-off) Detelina Nikolova (GERB) 49.05 per cent, Yordan Yordanov (Reformist Bloc) 19.31 per cent.
Shoumen (run-off) Lyubomir Hristov (GERB) 37.95 per cent, Ivan Ivanov (Bulgarian Socialist Party) 17.51 per cent.
Other notable results from the October 25 first round include:
Haskovo (run-off) Dobri Velivanov (GERB) 46.91 per cent, Georgi Ivanov (Coalition for Haskovo) 30.04 per cent.
Blagoevgrad (first-round victory) Atanas Kambitov (GERB) 58.03 per cent, Vladimir Elezov (a coalition including ABC and the NMSP) 10.47 per cent.
Veliko Turnovo (first-round victory) Daniel Panov (GERB) 65.77 per cent, Valentin Lambev (Bulgarian Socialist Party) 12.69 per cent.
Vidin (run-off) Rositsa Kirova (United for Change) 26.03 per cent, Ognyan Tsenkov (GERB) 22.07 per cent.
Kurdzhali (first-round victory) Hassan Azis Ismail (Movement for Rights and Freedoms) 59.41 per cent, Iliya Iliev (GERB) 27.19 per cent.