Balkans | People in Bulgaria go to the polls for early general elections

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Balkans |  People in Bulgaria go to the polls for early general elections

The polls opened at 07:00 for the fifth snap general election held in Bulgaria in the past two years.

21 parties and coalitions nominated candidates for the 240-member parliament in the elections, which will be attended by nearly 6 million and 600 thousand registered voters at home and abroad.

The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the polls will be held at 12 thousand points in the country and 738 points in 62 countries abroad.

Bulgarian citizens living in Turkey will also be able to vote at 162 points.

Voting will be possible using a paper compass and a machine.

The Ministry of Interior took extensive security measures because of the elections. The ministry announced that the voting process started smoothly.

According to opinion polls conducted on the eve of the election, at least 5 political parties will enter parliament by crossing the 4 percent threshold.

Distribution of powers in Parliament

According to the latest poll by the opinion research firm Trend, the coalition of the Democratic Party of Bulgaria and the Continue to Change party, which received 26 percent of the vote, is again led by one of the former prime ministers, Boyko Borisov, who rules the council. For 12 years (until 2021), the European Union in Bulgaria. It is expected that the “Citizens for Development” party will receive it.

The Movement for Rights and Freedom, whose members are mostly Turks and Muslims, and which is expected to get at least 13 percent of the vote, is expected to be the third largest force in Parliament.

Bulgarian immigrants living in Türkiye usually vote for this party.

It is estimated that the anti-NATO, anti-EU, pro-Russian populist Rebirth Party will also receive nearly 13 percent of the vote.

The Bulgarian Socialist Party, which is pro-Russian and implements policies along the lines of the former Communist Party, is expected to enter parliament with 7.3 percent of the vote.

Since the parties represented in the last four parliaments of Bulgaria were unable to form a government, the country was ruled by provisional governments set up by President Rumen Radev for two years.

Participation is expected to be around 40 percent.

The polls will close at 20:00.​​

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