Bulgaria’s April elections: We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria gets largest share of votes – exit poll

The We Continue the Change-Democratic Bulgaria (WCC-DB) electoral coalition got 26.4 per cent of the votes in Bulgaria’s April 2 2023 elections, according to an exit poll by the Alpha Research agency, the results of which emerged as voting in Bulgaria ended at 8pm.

Should the exit poll results be borne out in coming days by the Central Election Commission’s official results, WCC-DB will be the largest parliamentary group, and thus entitled to be the first to receive a mandate to seek to form a government.

In second place, narrowly behind, was Boiko Borissov’s GERB-UDF electoral coalition, with 25.5 per cent.

Alpha Research’s exit poll showed four other parties over the four per cent threshold for a share of seats in the 49th National Assembly:

The Movement for Rights and Freedoms 13.9 per cent

Vuzazhdane 13.5 per cent

The Bulgarian Socialist Party 9.2 per cent.

Remaining below the four per cent threshold were:

Stefan Yanev’s Bulgaria Ascending 3.6 per cent

Slavi Trifonov’s ITN 3.5 per cent

The Left coalition, two per cent.

The Market Links agency showed different exit poll results: GERB-UDF 25.5 per cent, WCC-DB 24.5 per cent, the Movement for Rights and Freedoms 14.2 per cent, Vuzrazhdane 13.8 per cent, the Bulgarian Socialist Party 10.1 per cent, ITN four per cent.

The April 2 elections, the fifth in two years in which Bulgaria elected a legislature, saw some problems, including a relatively small number of malfunctioning voting machines – reportedly, 142 out of 9366, and a very few cases of local electoral officials being suspended or arrested, such as for being intoxicated by alcohol or narcotics, or illicitly trying to persuade voters to cast their ballot for a particular political party.

Overall, according to the Interior Ministry and the Central Election Commission, Bulgaria’s April 2 election day passed without serious problems or breaches of public order.

The exit polls were conducted solely in Bulgaria.

Voting is continuing in some parts of the world until 8pm local time is reached.

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