Election Results with 100% Counted Vote: Six Parties Enter Bulgarian Parliament

Politics | April 7, 2021, Wednesday // 09:01|  views

Bulgaria’s Central Election Commission (CEC) on April 6 announced the election results based 100% of the tally sheets processed. According to them, 6 parties and coalition enter the next Parliament.

Although Governing GERB-Union of Democratic Forces coalition is the winner in these parliamentary elections, it does not have a majority and this raises the big question for the formation of a cabinet. 

The voter turnout according to the data from CEC (by 17.00 on April 4) was 40% and record high turnout of the Bulgarians abroad.

 GERB-UDF coalition received the largest share of 26.18% of the votes in April 4 parliamentary elections. Around 837, 000 voters cast their ballot in support of GERB-UDF. The result is lower compared to the 2017 elections.

The party formed around TV talk show presenter Slavi Trifonov, “There is Such a People”, comes second with 17.66%.565, 000 people voted for his party. Slavi Trifonov, known to most of the Bulgarians as Slavi is a host of a popular late-night talk show and is a singer, who launched his own TV station. According to sociologists, he managed to mobilise the young people with the concerts and because he has a TV channel.

Internal contradictions in the centre-left Bulgarian Socialist Party, the main opposition party in the previous Parliament, displaced it from second place. It received 15.01% of the votes. A little over 480,000 people voted for the party. The reason for the low result is the low participation of the elderly, who did not go to the polls for fear of the coronavirus.

The Movement for Rights and Freedoms, which traditionally gets the support of mainly Bulgarian ethnic Turks, is also losing part of its support and came in fourth with 10.49%. This is nearly 336,000 votes.

Pro-reform right “Democratic Bulgaria” coalition, which united parties that ran separately in previous elections, now garnered 9.45% of the vote. This means that 302,000 people supported them.

"Rise up! Thugs out!", the coalition between former Ombudsperson Maya Manolova and the organisers of the anti-government protests in 2020, enters Parliament with 4.72% of the vote - nearly 151,000 voters supported them.

Krassimir Karakachanov’s nationalist IMRO party; BNO; Revival and the patriotic coalition “Volya-NFSB” did not surpass the parelimentary threshold of 4%.

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