Oct. 23, 2011 Held


Republic of Bulgaria

Election for Bulgarian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,593,886
Valid Votes:3,364,078
Invalid Votes:229,808

Vote Share by Candidate:

Rosen PLEVNELIEV1,349,380


Ivaylo Georgiev KALFIN974,300


Meglena Shtilianova KUNEVA470,808


Volen Nikolov SIDEROV122,466


Rumen HRISTOV65,761


Atanas SEMOV61,797


Svetoslav VITKOV54,125


Krasimir KARAKACHANOV33,236

Election Results Modified: Sep 21, 2011

General Information

Note: Second round results can be found here.  

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 Boyko BORISSOV
  • 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), 209 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms and 31 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies 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:

Main Candidates in the First Round of the Presidential race:

***** The Blue Coalition comprises the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) and Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria (DSB).

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 7,093,635 (July 2011 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 6,873,589 (October 2011 )

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,772,147 (2011)

·         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: Yes 

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 50 (following the 2009 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: 1,064,045 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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