Bulgaria is one of 21 European Union member states voting in European Parliament elections on May 25 2014, a “Super Sunday” as three-quarters of those eligible to vote in the 28 member states will be able go the polls.
The countries voting on May 25 are Austria, Belgium (which also has federal and regional elections), Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece (which also has local elections), Hungary, Italy, Lithuania (which also has the second round of its presidential elections), Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia (also has presidential elections), Spain and Sweden.
In Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg and Cyprus, voting is compulsory.
Together, these 21 EU countries will be electing 593 out of the 751 members of the next European Parliament.
The other seven EU countries voted on May 22, 23 and 24.
The outcome of the elections, to begin emerging as voting comes to an end on the night of May 25, will play a significant role in determining who will be the next European Commission President. The Lisbon Treaty requires EU leaders to take account of the European Parliament election results in deciding on the nomination.
An indication of how the election overall has gone is expected from exit polls mid-evening, with voter turnout later and a picture of how the respective European political groups have fared, based on exit polls, some time before midnight.
(Photo: © European Union 2014 – European Parliament.)
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