Bulgaria

National Assembly

Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
11.07.2021
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
11.05.2021
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Early election
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
14.11.2021
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
240
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Full renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
6,015
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
4,521
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
1,494
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
24.84%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
23
Notes
15 parties and 8 coalitions

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,873,784
Votes Number of people who actually voted
2,766,426
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
40.25%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The snap elections in July remained unconclusive. The There is Such a People (PP-ITN) party, led by Mr. Slavi Trifonov, became the largest party. It won 65 seats in the 240 member National Assembly, two more than the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Party (GERB) – Union of Democratic Forces (SDS), led by former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. After PP-ITN failed to form a minority government on 12 August, President Rumen Radev tasked GERB-SDS’s premier nominee, Mr. Daniel Mitov, with forming a new government. However, the GERB-SDS turned down the mandate due to lack of support from other parties. After the third party – the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) led by Ms. Korneliya Ninova – failed to form a new government, on 15 September, the President called snap elections for 14 November and appointed Mr. Stefan Yanev as the caretaker Prime Minister.

During election campaigning, the major parties focused on anti-corruption measures and infrastructure projects.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
6
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
26.09%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
27.08%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
Not applicable
Note on the alternation of power
No government was formed after the elections held in April 2021, nor following the snap elections held in July 2021.
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
There is Such a People (PP-ITN) 65
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Party (GERB) - Union of Democratic Forces (SDS) 63
Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) 36
Democratic Bulgaria - Union (YES Bulgaria, Democrats for a Strong Bulgaria (DSB), Green Movement) 34
Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) 29
Rise Up! Thugs Out! 13
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
181
Number of women elected
59
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
24.58%
Women Directly Elected
59

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
181
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
59
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
21.07.2021
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Iva Miteva (Female)
Political party
There is Such a People (PP-ITN)
Date of election
21.07.2021