Double elections in Bulgaria: a head-to-head race for Parliament

Status: 11/14/2021 8:41 PM

According to forecasts, a close race looms in the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria. In the presidential elections, which are taking place at the same time, the head of state Radio is clearly ahead. He still has to go to the run-off.

Neck and neck racing is starting to emerge in the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria. In three forecasts released on Sunday evening after polls closed, Prime Minister Boyko Boriso’s centre-right party led with values ​​ranging between 23.5 and 24.8 percent of the vote. A Gallup poll showed that the New Center party “keeps on change” in the first place. Thus, the Anti-Corruption Party, founded only in September by two former businessmen, received 25.7 percent of the vote.

This is the third parliamentary elections in Bulgaria this year. After the previous elections, it was not possible to form a coalition of majority parties capable of ruling.

politically divided country

Speculation has highlighted the deep political division in Bulgaria after a decade of rule by the Borisov government. The country is grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases and rising energy costs. In addition, many citizens are angry at the rampant corruption in the country.

Analysts said in the run-up to the last election that Borisov might not find any allies for an alliance. Political disagreements and rivalries have so far prevented his political opponents from doing so.

President election

At the same time as the parliamentary elections, those entitled to vote in Bulgaria also voted for a new head of state. It is clear that Bulgarian President Rumen Radio won the first round of the presidential elections with a good 49 percent of the vote. This stems from preliminary predictions by polling institute Gallup International based on polls of voters after the vote.

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In second place is the president of Sophia University, Anastas Gerdchiko, with 25 percent of the vote. This is supported by the former ruling bourgeois Workers’ Party of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisseau. Between Radew and Gerdschikow there must now be a run-off election next Sunday. This would be necessary because Radew was unable to standardize more than half of the votes. Two other polling institutes, Alpha Research and Trend, have issued similar predictions for the outcome of the presidential election.

Lack of interest in elections

Previously, there was low turnout in dual elections. By the afternoon, about 25.5 percent of those entitled to vote had cast their ballots. Shortly before polls close at 7 p.m. (CET), the Election Commission announced that it expects a record low turnout.

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