The Central Election Commission (CEC) announced at an October 9 news conference the final results of Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections held four days earlier.
Eight parties won seats: GERB 84, Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) 39, Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) 38, Reformist Bloc 23, Patriotic Front 19, Bulgaria Without Censorship (BWC) 15, Ataka and socialist splinter ABC will have 11 seats each.
The share of the votes won by these parties were GERB 32.67 per cent, BSP 15.4 per cent, MRF 14.84 per cent, Reformist Bloc 8.89 per cent, Patriotic Front 7.28 per cent, BWC 5.69 per cent, Ataka 4.52 per cent and ABC 4.15 per cent.
The numbers of valid votes for the parties that won seats were GERB 1 072 491, BSP 505 527, MRF 487 134, the Reformist Bloc 291 806, Patriotic Front 239 101, BWC 186 938, Ataka 148 262 and ABC 136 223.
A total of 3 501 269 ballots had been cast, of which 218 125 were found to be invalid (compared to 90 047 invalid ballots at the parliamentary elections in May 2013).
CEC did not announce the list of MPs elected on October 5 – in part, to give time to those candidates who stood for election in multiple districts to choose which one will they represent, but also to re-order the party lists in accordance with preferential voting. (Furthermore, at least five candidates have submitted requests, to date, asking not to be named MPs.)
The commission is expected to announce the elected MPs by the end of the week, as it is required to do by law within seven days of the election day.