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.