Elections in Bulgaria: 2021 Parliamentary Elections

A woman emerges from behind a ballot screen during Bulgaria's parliamentary election
A woman at a polling station in Sofia votes in Bulgaria's 2017 parliamentary election. Photo: Alexey Vitvitsky/Sputnik via AP

On Sunday, April 4, Bulgarian voters will go to the polls for parliamentary elections. Voters will have the choice in more than 9,000 polling stations to cast their ballot by new voting machines or via paper ballot, which experts say may complicate the results tabulation process.

The elections follow last year’s extensive anti-government protests, organized in response to a series of government scandals that revealed widespread corruption and the ruling party’s incompetent response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time in a decade, the elections are not the result of a snap vote, and they will take place just months before a critical presidential election.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Bulgaria: 2021 Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the electoral system?
  • How is the election management body protecting the elections and voters from COVID-19?
  • What provisions are in place to support the equal rights of women, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups?
  • When will official results be announced?

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Learn more about IFES' programs in Bulgaria and follow @IFES_Europe on Twitter.

Additionally, follow IFES' COVID-19 Survival Guide for Democracies and #COVIDxDemocracy for new analysis and innovative solutions.

Published March 31, 2021.

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