Bulgaria’s 2013 elections: Highest turnout in voting abroad in Turkey

Polling stations in Turkey saw the highest turnout among polling stations in foreign countries in Bulgaria’s May 12 2013 national parliamentary elections, according to figures released by the Foreign Ministry in Sofia, as at 6pm.

By that time, 71 821 Bulgarian citizens abroad had voted, with Turkey accounting for 42 226 of this figure.

There are 227 polling stations abroad in 57 countries. First to begin voting were Bulgarians in Australia’s capital city Canberra, at midnight Bulgarian time, and the last to vote will be those in Los Angeles and other places on the west coast of the United States, with polls there expected to close at 6am Bulgarian time on May 13.

Within Bulgaria, the Central Election Commission estimated voter turnout to have reached somewhere between 37 and 42 per cent by 5.30pm.

At 6.30pm, polling agency Alpha Research estimated voter turnout at 46 per cent.

(Photo: Martyn E. Jones/sxc.hu)

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