April 2, 2023 Held


Republic of Bulgaria

Election for Narodno Sabranie (Bulgarian National Assembly)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:2,683,606
Valid Votes:2,638,024
Invalid Votes:44,617

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

GERB-Union of Democratic Forces (GERB-SDS) 69 - 669,924


We Continue the Change + Democratic Bulgaria (Продължаваме промяната + Демократична България) 64 - 621,069


Revival (Vazrazhdane) 37 - 358,174


Movement for Rights and Freedoms 36 - 347,700


BSP for Bulgaria (Коалиция за България, Koalitsiya za Bulgaria) 23 - 225,914


There Is Such a People (Има такъв народ) 11 - 103,971

Election Results Modified: Aug 15, 2023

General Information

At Stake in this Election: 

  • All 240 seats of the National Assembly of Bulgaria 

Government Structure:  

  • Chief of State: President Rumen RADEV (since 22 January 2017) 

  • Head of Government: Interim Prime Minister Galab DONEV (since 2 August 2022) 

  • Assembly: unicameral National Assembly (Народно събрание / Narodno Sabranie) with 240 seats 

Electoral System:  

  • The President is directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in up to two rounds. The president may serve up to two 5-year terms. 

  • The Prime Minister is elected by the National Assembly. 

  • Members of the National Assembly are directly elected by proportional representation vote in multi-seat constituencies. Parties and coalitions must earn at least 4% of the overall vote to receive a seat. Members serve 4-year terms. 

Last Election: 

No single party won a majority in the 2022 election, though six parties and coalitions won seats. The United Democratic Forces won 67 seats followed by We Continue the Change (53), DPS (36), Revival (27), BSP for Bulgaria (25), Democratic Bulgaria (20), and Bulgarian Rise (12). Voter turnout was 39%. 

New/Unique in this Election:  

This is Bulgaria’s fifth legislative election in two years. President Radev dissolved the National Assembly in January of 2023 and called a snap election after members failed to form a governing coalition. 

Key Deadlines: 

  • All eligible voters are passively registered based on their permanent address. 

Main Parties in this Election: 

  • Leader: Boyko BORISOV 

  • Seats won in last election: 67 out of 240 

  • Leader: Kiril PETKOV 

  • Seats won in last election: 53 + 20 out of 240 

  • Leader: Mustafa KARADAYI 

  • Seats won in last election: 36 out of 240 

  • Leader: Kostadin KOSTADINOV 

  • Seats won in last election: 27 out of 240 

  • Leader: Korneliya NINOVA 

  • Seats won in last election: 25 out of 240 

  • Leader: Stefan YANEV 

  • Seats won in last election: 12 out of 240 

Population and Registered Voters: 

Gender Data: 

Disability Data: 

IFES Resources: 

  • Does IFES have a presence in Bulgaria: Yes, programming  

  • Election Access: Yes 

  • Election Judgements: Yes, 2 judgments & 22 resources 

Election Modified: Aug 15, 2023

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