ElectionGudie

Oct. 5, 2014 Held

3,501,269
Voted
Bulgaria

Republic of Bulgaria

Election for Narodno Sabranie (Bulgarian National Assembly)

Results

47%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:3,501,269
Valid Votes:3,283,144
Invalid Votes:218,125

Parties:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria 84 - 1,072,491

32.67%

Bulgarian Socialist Party 39 - 505,527

15.40%

Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) 38 - 487,134

14.84%

Reformist Bloc (RB) 23 - 291,806

8.89%

Patriot Front 19 - 239,101

7.28%

Bulgaria Without Censorship (BWC) 15 - 186,938

5.69%

Attack 11 - 148,262

4.52%

ABC 11 - 136,223

4.15%

Seat Shares:

More Info:

At stake in this election:

  • 240 seats in Bulgaria’s National Assembly (Narodno Sabranie)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Rosen PLEVNELIEV (since 22 January 2012)[i]
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Georgi BLIZNASHKI (since 6 August 2014)*
  • Assembly: Bulgaria has a unicameral National Assembly (Narodno Sabranie) with 240 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is elected by parliament.
  • In the National Assembly (Narodno Sabranie) 240 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.**

** Bulgaria is divided into 31 multi-member districts, with each district having between 4 and 16 representatives based on population. Political parties and coalitions must receive at least 4 percent of valid votes at the national level to receive a seat.[ii]

Election Note:

*On 6 August 2014, Georgi BLIZNASHKi was appointed to serve as a caretaker Prime Minister until the Sunday 5 October 2014 National Assembly elections. Previously, Plamen ORESHARSKI was Prime Minister when the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) made a coalition government following the May 2013 elections.[iii] However, Mr. ORESHARSKI resigned from office.

Main parties in the electoral race:

  • Party: Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) / Grazhdani za evropeysko razvitie na Balgariya
    • Leader: Boyko BORISOV
    • Seats won in last election: 97
  • Party: Bulgarian Socialist Party / Bulgarska sotsialisticheska partiya (BSP)
    • Leader: Mihail MIKOV
    • Seats won in last election: 84
  • Party: Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) / Dvizhenie za prava i svobodi
    • Leader: Lyutvi MESTAN
    • Seats won in last election: 36
  • Party: Attack / Ataka
    • Leader: Volen SIDEROV
    • Seats won in last election: 23
  • Party: The National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria / Natzionalen Front za Spasenie na Bulgaria
    • Leader: Valeri SIMEONOV, Valentin KASABOV, DANCHO HADZHIEV
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Bulgaria for Citizens / Bulgariya na grazhdanite
    • Leader: Meglena KUNEVA
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Order, Law and Justice (RZS) / Red, zakonnost i spravedlivost
    • Leader: Yane YANEV
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Party: Bulgaria Without Citizenship
    • Leader: Nikolay BAREKOV
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Party: Alternative for Bulgarian Revival
    • Leader: Georgi PARVANOV
    • Seats won in last election: 0
  • Coalition: Reformist Bloc (RB)
    • Leader: Vacant
    • Seats won in last election: N/A
  • Coalition: Patriot Front
    • Leader: Krasmir KARAKACHANOV & Valeri SIMEONOV (spokespersons)
    • Seats won in last election: N/A

Last election:

  • The last election to the National Assembly in Bulgaria was held on 12 May 2013.[iv] Turnout was 51 percent with 3,631,792 of 6,919,260 people casting ballots.[v] While Mr. BORISOV’s Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) won 97 seats, the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) led by Sergei STANISHEV won 84 seats and formed a governing coalition with the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS).[vi] Results can be found here.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 6,924,716 (July 2014 est.)[vii]
  • Registered Voters: 6,931,855 (September 2014)[viii]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 3,614,704 (July 2014 est)[i]
  • Is Bulgaria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (since 1980) [ii]
  • Has Bulgaria ratified CEDAW: Yes (in 1982) [iii]
  • Gender Quota: No Law.
  • Female Candidates in this election: N/A
  • Number of Female Legislators: 59 (24.6%) of 240 seats in the National Assembly (May 2013)[iv]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 58[v]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Ranking: Not Ranked (latest rankings are from 2012)

[i] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bu.html

[ii] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[iii] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[iv] http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

[v] http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hdr/2014-human-development-report/

 

[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2211/

[ii] http://aceproject.org/regions-en/countries-and-territories/BG/CDCountry?country=BG

[iii] http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/09/05/official-campaign-period-ahead-of-bulgarias-october-5-parliamentary-elections-begins/

[iv] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/1661/

[v] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/1661/

[vi] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/1661/

[vii] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bu.html

[viii] http://sofiaglobe.com/2014/09/05/official-campaign-period-ahead-of-bulgarias-october-5-parliamentary-elections-begins/

[ix] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bu.html

[x] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[xi] https://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4&lang=en

[xii] http://www.ipu.org/wmn-e/classif.htm

[xiii] http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/hdr/2014-human-development-report/