173 out of 264 Bulgarian municipalities will vote for mayors in a second round upcoming Sunday, after none of the candidates got 50% of the vote on the first round October 23, according to information by the Central Electoral Commission.
Mayors will be also elected in 831 villages, in 11 of which there will be three candidates in the run-off, as the second and third ranked have an equal amount of votes.
18 of Bulgaria's 28 major regional cities will be among those holding run-offs, with 10 of them pitting representatives of ruling GERB against the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
Among the closest second rounds are those in Smolyan, Vratsa, Razgrad, Vidin and Sliven.
In a number of cities the GERB candidate has the better chances to win; at places where the socialist candidate did not reach the run-off, the Socialist Party has recommended its supporters to vote for the local rival of the GERB candidate. (Source: Sofia News Agency)