Bulgaria's presidential elections will be held together with the local vote next year, most probably in October, officials from the ruling party have announced.
"The presidential and local elections will be held on one and the same day next year," Iskra Fidosova, co-chair of the parliamentary group of the ruling GERB party and head of the legal commission in parliament, told the Bulgarian National Radio on Sunday.
The issue has proved highly controversial in Bulgaria with proponents, including the ruling party, saying they merging the two votes will be more cost efficient and good for the turnout.
The second term of the current Socialist President Georgi Parvanov expires next year and he does not have the right to run for a third term.
Bulgaria's Prime Minister and ruling party leader Boyko Borisov said in May that his center-right ruling party GERB will nominate Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov for the upcoming presidential vote in 2011.