Oct. 29, 2006 Held


Republic of Bulgaria

Election for Bulgarian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,757,441
Valid Votes:2,699,875
Invalid Votes:57,560

Vote Share by Candidate:

Georgi PARVANOV2,050,488


Volen SIDEROV649,387

Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of Bulgaria

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Georgi PARVANOV
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Sergei STANISHEV
  • 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.
  • The 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.***

*** There are 31 multi-member districts in the list tier. There is a national threshold of 4 percent. Each MMD is also a single-member district in the nominal tier. Each voter gets two votes. Candidates in the list tier may stand in a maximum of two districts. Candidates in the nominal tier may stand in one district only.

Main Candidates in the Second Round of the Presidential race:

  • Georgi PARVANOV
    • Party: Independent Candidate
  • Volen SIDEROV
    • Party: Ataka Party

Population and number of registered voters

  • Population: 7,699,020 (2006)
  • Registered voters: 6,496,224 (2006)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,950,457 (2006)

·         Is Bulgaria a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has Bulgaria ratified CEDAW: Yes (8 February 1982)

·         Gender Quota: No

·         Female candidates in this election: No

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 50 (following the 2005 election)

·         Human Development Index Position: 59 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Low (2014)

Disability Data:

·         Is Bulgaria a signatory to CRPD: Yes (27 September 2007)

·         Has Bulgaria ratified CRPD: Yes (22 March 2012)

·         Population with a disability: 1,154,853 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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