Bulgaria’s May 2013 election: 227 polling stations in 56 countries

A total of 83 883 applications to vote abroad in Bulgaria’s May 12 2013 national parliamentary elections were lodged by the April 11 deadline, the Foreign Ministry in Sofia said on April 19.

A total of 227 polling stations will be opened in 56 countries. Of these polling stations, about a third will be in Turkey. A total of 63 667 of the applications to vote abroad came from Bulgarian citizens in Turkey. However, the number of polling stations in Turkey will be lower than the 123 opened for the 2009 national parliamentary elections.

In all, about 74 per cent of the applications to vote abroad came from Turkey and European Union countries. Other significant numbers were in Australia and other countries with large Bulgarian expatriate communities.

In Spain, there will be 24 polling stations, in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Getafe, Palma de Mallorca and other places.

In Italy, there will be polling stations in Milan, Naples and Rome.

Cities in the United States that will have polling stations include Washington DC, Los Angeles, New York, St Petersburg Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Atlanta and Boston.

In the United Kingdom, there will be 12 voting stations, two of them in London.

In Germany, the polling stations will be in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt and at the honorary consulates in Hamburg and Magdeburg.

In Macedonia, the polling stations will be in Skopje and Bitola.

Arrangements have been made for Bulgarian military personnel to vote in Kabul and Kandahar.

Full lists of the locations of polling stations will be posted on the Foreign Ministry website as well as the websites of embassies and consulates that will have polling stations.




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