Bulgarian parliamentary election, 1931

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Parliamentary elections were held in Bulgaria on 21 June 1931.[1] The result was a victory for the Popular Bloc, an alliance of the Bulgarian Agrarian National Union (Dragiev), the Democratic Party, the National Liberal Party (Petrov) and the Radical Democratic Party, which won 151 of the 273 seats. Voter turnout was 85.2%.[2]

This would be the last officially partisan election held in Bulgaria before World War II (the 1939 elections were officially nonpartisan, but candidates representing parties ran as individuals). By the time of the next elections in which parties were formally allowed to take part, in 1945, the country had been through two dictatorships and a third, Communist one was rapidly consolidating.[3] As a result, the 1931 election was also the last free election held in the country until 1990.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Popular Bloc 626,553 48.4 151 +105
Democratic Alliance-National Liberal Party 403,686 31.2 78 −96
Bulgarian Communist Party 168,281 13.0 31 New
United Labour Social Democratic Party 27,323 2.1 0 New
Socialist Federation 26,501 2.0 0 New
BZNS (Tomov)-Craftsmen-Radical Democratic Party 20,805 1.6 0 −6
United People's Progressive Party 8,152 0.6 0 0
Independents 11,980 0.9 0 0
Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization 8 +1
Bulgarian Social Democratic Workers Party (Broad Socialists) 5 −5
Invalid/blank votes 22,228
Total 1,315,509 100 273 +12
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p368 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p380
  3. ^ Bulgaria: a country study. Library of Congress Federal Research Division, December 1989.