Political parties whose candidates lost in mayoral elections in three of Bulgaria’s largest cities are mounting various challenges to the outcomes, from requesting recounts to outright annulment.
Prime Minister Boiko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party won the elections in most of Bulgaria’s largest cities and towns, including the capital city Sofia, Varna on the Black Sea, and – by a very narrow margin – Plovdiv.
In Plovdiv, the Patriotic Front, whose candidate Slavcho Atanassov lost by 1416 votes to GERB’s Ivan Totev, will seek a recount. Patriotic Front co-leader Krassimir Karakachanov said on November 3 that the municipal election commission had been hasty in announcing the results.
According to Karakachanov, on the day of the second-round mayoral election in Plovdiv, there was only disorder and a recount of the ballots would ensure the integrity of the vote.
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