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Local elections outcome unlikely to have impact on the governance structure

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Two weeks before the start of the campaign for local elections in Bulgaria a number of parties have not yet announced their candidates for mayor.

This time however, there is no indifference to the upcoming polls. The public is interested in these elections because they are mostly about community development and not so much about national politics.

"This election was long awaited. Before a government was formed, it was expected that this would be a battle between the status quo and change. Now, when we see that the tension in the ruling coalition continues, it is certain that the elections will have an impact on the national government," Svetlin Tachev, a political analyst at the Gallup news agency, said in an interview with BNR Plovdiv. The capital Sofia is one of the cities where some of the main contenders are already known and where the competition will be most tight. Svetlin Tachev

"The toughest competition will be in Sofia where the liberal coalition has the best electoral potential," the political analyst commented. – It will be interesting to see if their candidate can make a breakthrough. The confrontation, within the democratic community in the capital, is between the new liberal pro-Western-oriented PP-DB, which nominated Vassil Terziev, and on the other side - the more conservative right-wing democrats of the 1990s, who nominated Willi Lilkov. In its essence, this is a confrontation within the democratic community between communists and anti-communists. As paradoxical as this is, it is a fact. It is yet to be seen what will be the next move of GERB, who are still waiting and not announcing their candidates, because to a large extent the vote in the capital will be decided by them."

This is because the diehard electorate is particularly important for winning local elections:Ivo Maev

"With few exceptions I do not see parties, outside GERB and MRF, that have made serious efforts in recent years to keep their local structures alive. Their main opponents in We Continue the Change (PP) have built the party on the concept of a digital party and to this day continue to neglect local structures. Now they suddenly appear with a dominant number of mayoral candidates, without actually having local structures, relying on the scarce and fragile structures of the DB and expecting Democratic Bulgaria to provide full support and carry the campaign on its shoulders," political analyst Ivo Maev said in an interview with BNR.

In his opinion, this position of the PP makes its coalition with Democratic Bulgaria very unbalanced.

"DB has been allocated cities in which it is clear that they will not win because there is a strong presence of MRF - Maev points out - DB will have the right to nominate candidates for mayor in places like Kardzhali, Razgrad, Targovishte, Silistra. They cannot win these seats because