Nov. 13, 2016 Held


Republic of Bulgaria

Election for Bulgarian Presidency


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:3,500,398
Valid Votes:3,474,910
Invalid Votes:25,488

Vote Share by Candidate:

Roumen RADEV2,063,032


Tsetska TSACHEVA1,256,480


I do not support any candidate 155,398

Election Results Modified: Nov 14, 2016

General Information

Republic of Bulgaria: President, 13 November 2016

At stake in this election:

  • The office of the President of the Bulgaria

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.

Description of electoral system:

  • The president of Bulgaria is elected by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 5-year term.

Last Election:

  • The first round of the presidential election was held on 6 November 2016. Roumen RADEV and Tsetska TSACHEVA will move on to compete in the second round of elections. 

Main candidates in the election:

  • Tsetska TSACHEVA
    • Party: Citizens for the European Development of Bulgaria (GERB)/Graždani za Evropejsko Razvitie na Bǎlgarija
  • Roumen RADEV
    • Party: Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)/Bulgarska Sotsialisticheska Partiya[2]

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 est.)

·         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: 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.)

[1] There are a total of 21 candidates standing in the presidential election.

[2] RADEV technically was nominated by an “Initiative Committee,” but this was largely supported and organized by the BSP.

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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