Bulgarians voted in parliamentary elections today. Prime Minister Boriko Borisov’s center-right party is expected to win, but due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and low turnout, it is difficult to find alliance partners.
Borisov’s GERB (European Development Citizens of Bulgaria) party has been in power for nearly ten years without interruption. However, this support was undermined by a series of scandals and protests last summer due to accusations of the authorities protecting the oligarchs.
Opinion polls before the vote show that GERB’s turnout rate is 28-29%, and in the 260-seat parliament, the seats are estimated to be 75-76. Borisov served as three prime ministers and refused all dialogue with the media during the protests.
Instead, he posted the news of his unannounced visit on social media with the motto of “work, work, work”.
Political analyst Antony Todorov said: “Because the fragmented and convincing opposition has no other choice, this illustrates the hegemony of GERB.” He said that as many as six parties are expected to be in parliament. Win seats in China, which makes it difficult to form a new government.
Analysts say that the fear of the third wave of epidemics has overwhelmed hospitals in the poorest countries in the European Union, which may greatly reduce the response to AIDS.
The number of voters will be one of the most closely monitored aspects of the election, and it is likely to determine the strength of the new faces born in the legislature’s protests.
According to the Alpha Institute, about 40% of the 6.7 million eligible voters will participate in the polls.
Fear of the virus may particularly affect the outcome of the main opposition Socialist Party, where older voters are more likely not to participate in opinion polls. If it gets 20% to 22% of the votes, the Socialist Party is likely to win 54-56 seats.
Under the leadership of the TV show host and keen critic Borisov’s Slavy Trifonov, the New Populist Party ranks third in the polls with about 13% of the seats. The seats are 33-34.
Followed by the Turkish minority fight for rights and the Liberal Party movement, which is the traditional gray party of several governments, with more than 12% of the seats and 33-34 seats. The other two camps will specifically target the votes of those who participated in last year’s protests.
The right-wing coalition Democratic Bulgaria, whose leaders encourage protests, while the left-wing coalition gets up! The Mafia is out! Those close to President Rumen Radev should win 5-6% of the vote and get 13-17 seats.
It is closely followed by the GERB’s current government coalition partner-the nationalist VMRO party, which, after radical campaigns against Roma, LGBT and North Macedonia, is likely to exceed the 4% threshold to enter parliament.
It is generally expected that the first partial official results that take place late at night may be delayed due to the use of electronic voting, and most large polling stations use the usual ballot voting method. The Central Election Commission is scheduled to announce all official results on Thursday.