Bulgaria

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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.
26.03.2017
Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature Date at which the previous legislature (elected at the previous elections) was dissolved.
27.01.2017
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.
31.03.2021
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".
4,678
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
3,469
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
1,209
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
25.84%
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.
21
Notes
Number of parties contesting the election: 12 parties and 9 coalitions

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
6,810,341
Votes Number of people who actually voted
3,682,151
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
54.07%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Party (GERB), led by former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, became the largest party, winning 15 more seats than the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP, led by Ms. Korneliya Ninova). GERB failed to secure an outright majority though in the 240-member National Assembly. During the election campaigning, the major parties focused on economy, job creation and tax reform, promising to increase the minimum wage, pension and allowance for families. On 4 May, the National Assembly approved Mr. Borisov as the Prime Minister, thereby giving him a third term. His new Cabinet, composed of the GERB and the United Patriots (UP), holds a slim majority of 122 seats. The 2017 elections - third polls since 2013 - followed the 2016 presidential elections. In the run-off elections, former air force commander Rumen Radev (independent, backed by the BSP) defeated GERB's candidate and parliament Speaker, Ms. Tsetska Tsacheva. Mr. Radev argued the country needs to find a right balance for its relationship with the European Union and with the Russian Federation. Prime Minister Borisov tendered his resignation following the defeat of the GERB's candidate. The new President, sworn in on January 2017, appointed former Speaker Ognyan Gerdzhikov as an interim Prime Minister and called early elections for March.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
5
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.
23.81%
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.
39.58%
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
The government formed after the 2014 elections resigned prior to the 2017 elections.
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
2
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Party (GERB), the United Patriots (UP)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Party (GERB) 95
Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) 80
United Patriots (UP) 27
Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) 26
Volya 12
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
183
Number of women elected
57
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.
23.75%
Sources
National Assembly (18.04.2017, 19.04.2017) Central Election Commission of Bulgaria (12.05.2017) Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Fondation Robert Schuman (28.02.2017) The Sofia Globe Star Tribune
Women Directly Elected
57

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.
183
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.
57
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.
19.04.2017
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.
Dimitar Glavchev (Male)
Political party
Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria Party (GERB)
Date of election
19.04.2017