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Bulgarian Presidential Elections, 2nd round, 29 OCT 2006

by gradinski chai Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 11:37:22 AM EST

It's an absolutely beautiful day here in this corner of the continent...bright sunny skies and temperatures around 19-20 celsius (66-68 fahrenheit). And all over Bulgaria a few people are going out to cast their ballots in the second round of our presidential elections.

From the diaries ~ whataboutbob

Update [2006-10-29 12:49:55 by gradinski chai]: The forces of democracy win in a blowout...more inside...

Last week, you may remember that the incumbent, Bulgarian Socialist Party supported candidate GEORGI PURVANOV came in first place with around 62% of the vote. Far right candidate VODEN SIDEROV came in second place with about 21% of the vote. The second round was necessary becuase last week's voter turnout was only about 42.5%. Bulgarian law requires at least a 50% turnout for a candidate to win on the first round.

We're not sure what the turnout will be today since the weather is so good and the result looks like a foregone conclusion. PURVANOV looks ready to win a second five-year mandate. At the polling place near my apartment, the turnout seemed to be lighter than last week, but it's too early to tell. (I can't vote, but always go with a friend to watch the electorate...I just love elections.)

Our hope is that SIDEROV'S percentage of the vote will be even smaller and thus more embarrassing. It was fairly clear from his press conference last week that he was a little surprised at only taking a little over a 1/5 of the total vote.  

I will use this diary as an election thread and post results when we get the exit polls at around 19:30 today.

I'll (or someone) will promote this on the front pate later in the afternoon or evening. Thanks for keeping us posted!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 09:00:29 AM EST
The exit polls have just been released on Bulgarian National Television. They show President PURVANOV winning by a blowout.

PURVANOV 77.5-78.5%

SIDEROV 22.5-23.5%

This wasn't even a close one. We're still waiting to see how many voted.

What's really pissing me off are a few of the commentators who usually sit on the center-right. They are basically saying that they didn't have a choice so they did not vote.

This is such utter B*&(##*@ that I can't even say anything.

Luckily, at least one commentator from the center said that this election was an election of civilization.

And that's what it was.

And Bulgarians passed it with flying colors.

Despite the laziness of a number of the electorate and the moral emptiness of the center right.

SHAME ON THEM for not supporting democracy.

by gradinski chai on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 12:38:30 PM EST
We're beginning to get some information about the vote...it looks like PURVANOV took greatest support from the villages across the country and (a little more than other places) in Sofia. SIDEROV took a little more of his support from the middle-sized cities in the country.

This is not surprising. This is the old red vote and traditional vote in the villages and the red vote and the center who are willing to vote in the capital. Still, throughout the country, the differences are very small 1-4% between the results in Sofia and in the middle-sized cities. Only in the villages was it an absolute blowout...by some 280,000 plus votes for PURVANOV and only about 10,000 plus votes for SIDEROV.

Bravo for the villages!!!

by gradinski chai on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 12:55:46 PM EST
Some more from the polls...

It looks like a decent number of the center right electorate voted while their leaders did not. For the two largest center right parties, the polls show that around half for PURVANOV. Most of the rest of the electorate of these parties did not vote. (NOTE: This is a little rough at present and could change with more information.)

by gradinski chai on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 01:11:22 PM EST
Thanks a lot - and good news, to boot! Excellent work!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 01:24:14 PM EST
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Thanks for the update, gradinski. And glad the Bulgarians reacted in this way.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sun Oct 29th, 2006 at 04:02:22 PM EST
I sense your enthusiasm because I love elections too.  I was an election judge in the States and I volunteer now in Spain.

It´s such a great feeling when people get the "same message" you do, and vote!

Thanks for informing and thanks for your efforts.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Mon Oct 30th, 2006 at 02:55:49 PM EST

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