Nov. 6, 2016 Held



Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,488,605
Valid Votes:3,400,842
Invalid Votes:87,763

Referendum Vote Share

Do you support the MPs to be elected by majoritarian electoral system with an absolute majority in two rounds?





No single answer330,894

Do you support the introduction of compulsory voting at elections and referenda?





No single answer336,172

Do you support the annual state subsidy granted for the financing of political parties and coalitions to be one lev for a valid vote received in the last parliamentary elections?





No single answer359,743

Election Results Modified: May 10, 2024

General Information

Republic of Bulgaria: Referendum, 6 November 2016

At stake in this election:

  • This referendum will have three provisions presented to voters.

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Rosen PLEVNELIEV (since 22 January 2012)
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Boyko BORISOV (since 7 November 2014)
  • Assembly: Bulgaria has a unicameral Narodno Sabranie (National Assembly) composed of 240 seats.

Electoral requirements:

  • For the referendum to be valid, voter turnout must be at least as high as that of the previous National Assembly elections, and it must be greater than 20% of all citizens with voting rights. For the referendum to pass, a simple majority of votes in favor is required.

About the referendum:

  • This referendum will address three questions arising from a petition raised by television showman Slavi TRIFONOV.
    • The first question pertains to the introduction of a majoritarian system to election members of parliament.
    • The second will determine if compulsory voting will be introduced.
    • The third provision pertains to the reduction of the state subsidy for political parties and coalitions.
  • TRIFONOV proposed six questions to be brought to referendum, but the Constitutional Court only passed the three provisions mentioned above.

Main provisions in the referendum:

  • “Do you support electing the members of parliament through a majoritarian voting system with absolute majority in two rounds?”
  • “Do you support the introduction of compulsory voting in elections and referenda?”
  • “Do you support cutting the state subsidy for political parties and coalitions to 1 lev per valid vote in the latest parliamentary elections?”

Population and number of registered voters:

·         Population: 7,186,893 (July 2015 est.)

·         Registered Voters: 6,858,304 (2014)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 3,677,429 (July 2015)

·         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: N/A

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 48 (20%)

·         Human Development Index Position: 59

·         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: 1,078,034 (est.)

Election Modified: May 10, 2024

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