Five Parties to Enter Parliament in Bulgaria's Early Election - Poll

Domestic | February 27, 2017, Monday // 10:30|  views

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Five parties will make it to Bulgaria's legislature in the upcoming parliamentary election in March, but others also stand a chance, a poll has suggested.

According to Alpha Research pollsters' projection, conservative GERB party of Boyko Borisov, which dominated the previous government, will lead by a margin of less than 2%, garnering 31.5% of the vote.

Those determined to cast a ballot have given the second-biggest share of support to the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP), at 29.6%.

Next is the nationalist alliance named United Patriots, with 10.8% of the vote, followed by ethnic Turk-dominated, liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms party (DPS), which will muster 6.8% of the ballots, according to the projection.

The last party that will certainly enter parliament is Volya ("Will") of political newbie Veselin Mareshki, with 5.7% of the vote.

The Reformist Bloc, a loose alliance of centrist and right-wing parties which was the junior partner in the previous government, will garner some 3.9%, just below the four-percent electoral barrier.

This is the right-wing entity that stands the biggest chance to make it through to Parliament, with the other two, New Republic and Yes, Bulgaria, at 1.5% and 2.6%, respectively.

ABV, the left-wing party that joined hands with Movement 21 for the election, will get 2.9%, according to Alpha Research.

Other parties will get 2%, while those ticking the "I Do Not Support Anyone" option in the ballot will be 2.7% of decided voters.

Some 66% of those who took part in the poll told Alpha Research they intended on casting a ballot.

Another 11.2% said they would not go to the polls, while 22% answered they were undecided.

The figures suggest therе are more determined voters in February than there were in the middle of January (65.9%). The share of voters unsure whether to vote has fallen from January's 20%. The share of those unwilling to vote has also grown from 11.2% as of mid-January.

The poll, conducted between February 16 and 23 among 1024 adults, came before the Constitutional Court of Bulgaria revoked the new Electoral Code's provision imposing sanctions on those who did not vote.

Another key point suggests Bulgarians see education, healthcare and their income as the new priorities politicians should cater to, instead of infrastructure which has dominated previous elections, Alpha Research's Boryana Dimitrova told the Bulgarian National Television on Monday.

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