Former prime minister Boiko Borissov’s GERB-UDF electoral coalition won the largest share of the vote in the October 2 parliamentary elections, according to the final results announced by the Central Election Commission on October 3.
With ballots from all voting precincts tallied, GERB-UDF received 25.3 per cent of the votes, ahead of the Kiril Petkov-Assen Vassilev We Continue the Change party, which had 20.2 per cent.
Predominantly ethnic Turk Movement for Rights and Freedoms was third with 13.8 per cent, boosted by the votes received outside of the country, where it had 31.8 per cent of the total, the bulk coming from Bulgarian nationals living in Turkey.
Pro-Russian Vuzrazhdane party more than doubled its vote compared to the November 2021 elections to come in fourth, with 10.2 per cent of the vote.
Kornelia Ninova’s Bulgarian Socialist Party was fifth with 9.3 per cent, ahead of Hristo Ivanov’s Democratic Bulgaria centre-right coalition in sixth on 7.4 per cent.
The final results showed seven parties and coalitions surpassing the four per cent parliamentary representation threshold.
Former caretaker prime minister Stefan Yanev’s Bulgaria Ascending party was set to join Parliament just months after being founded, with 4.6 per cent of the vote.
Cable television presenter Slavi Trifonov’s ITN party would not return to Parliament, having received 3.8 per cent.
The Central Election Commission will announce the number of seats won by the parties and coalitions standing in the early parliamentary elections later this week.
The names of the MPs in the 240-seat legislature would be announced several days later, allowing those candidates who stood for election in more than one electoral district to choose which one they would represent in the next Parliament.
The Central Election Commission is also yet to announce the final turnout figures in the October 2 election, but the commission’s deputy chief Tsvetozar Tomov said on October 3 that just over 2.5 million people cast votes, which would make it the lowest turnout in elections held since the fall of communism in Bulgaria in 1989.
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