Elections in Bulgaria: 2021 Repeat Parliamentary Elections

An older voter is assisted while casting her ballot during Bulgaria's parliamentary elections on April 4. © AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu

Following parliamentary elections on April 4, Bulgaria’s political parties were unable to form a majority government, and President Rumen Radev called for new elections. On Sunday, July 11, Bulgarian voters will go back to the polls for repeat elections.

Extensive anti-government protests took place in 2020, 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. Despite these setbacks and partly due to its use of state resources, the ruling party still won 26 percent of votes in the April elections.

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 Repeat Parliamentary Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • Who is eligible to run as a candidate?
  • How is the election management body protecting the elections and voters from COVID-19?
  • What is the election management body doing to strengthen its technology and procedures to resist vulnerabilities and counter malign interference?
  • When will official results be announced?

election facts & figures | download the infographic

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 on June 30, 2021.

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