European Parliament election, 2014 (Bulgaria)

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Bulgaria European Parliament election, 2014
Bulgaria
2009 ←
25 May 2014
→ 2019

17 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout 36.15%[1]
  First party Second party Third party
  Boyko Borisov 3.jpg Sergey Stanishev 2009 elections diff crop.jpg Lutfi Mestan Chairman of DPS.jpg
Leader Boyko Borisov Sergei Stanishev Lyutvi Mestan
Party GERB KB DPS
Alliance EPP PES ALDE
Last election 5 seats, 24.36% 4 seats, 18.50% 3 seats, 14.14%
Seats won 6 4 4
Seat change +1 ±0 + 1
Popular vote 680,838 424,037 386,725
Percentage 30.40% 18.94% 17.26%
Swing + 6.04% + 0.44% + 3.12%

  Fourth party Fifth party
 
Leader Nikolay Barekov Radan Kanev
(As spokesperson)
Party BBT RB
Last election N/A, formed in 2014 N/A, formed in 2013
Seats won 2 1
Popular vote 238,629 144,532
Percentage 10.66% 6.45%
Swing N/A N/A

The European Parliament election of 2014 in Bulgaria was held on 25 May 2014[2] to elect the Members of the European Parliament from Bulgaria to the European Parliament as part of the larger European Parliament election. After a decision by the European Council in 2013, Bulgaria was allocated 17 seats in the European Parliament for the 8th European Parliament.[3]

The election campaign officially began on April 25, 2014, one month before the election day.[4]

Background[edit]

The elections come a year after the 2013 parliamentary elections in Bulgaria that resulted in a minority parliament. Since the election winner, GERB, failed to form a government the Socialists and the DPS formed a coalition government led by Plamen Oresharski. The European elections of 2014 are considered to be of importance as they will reflect the popularity of the current government.

Changes in electoral law[edit]

In February 2014 Bulgarian MPs voted to lower the preferential-vote threshold for the election from 6% to 5% of each list's total votes.[5]

Implicit electoral threshold still remains equal to the Hare Quota, which is about 5,88% of the total valid votes.[6]

Opinion polls[edit]

Polls include Bulgarian parliamentary election polls if European parliamentary election polling numbers are unavailable.

Pre election campaign[edit]

Election campaign[edit]

Source Date GERB BSP DPS Attack Reformist Bloc BBT NFSB ABV Others Total
Institute for Modern Politics April 26, 2014 17.6% 15.9% 6.2% 2.5% 4.5% 4.9% 3.0% 4.5% 7.0% 66.1%
Sova Haris April 28, 2014 17.0% 19.2% 6.2% 2.3% 4.1% 5.5% 1.4% 2.3% 0.3% 58.3%
Center for Analysis and Marketing April 30, 2014 14.8% 13.3% 6.8% 1.7% 3.0% 2.7% 2.1% 0.7% - 45.1%
Mediana May 13, 2014 17.1% 20.5% 7.3% 3.5% 4.3% 9.8% 3.6% 2.9% - 69.0%
Institute for Modern Politics May 13, 2014 19.3% 20.5% 7.0% 4.5% 2.5% 7.5% 1.4% 3.5% 2.6% 68.8%
Exacta Research May 19, 2014 28.5% 24.0% 11.3% 4.1% 6.2% 11.1% 3.8% 5.8% - 94.8%
Alpha Research May 20, 2014 27.3% 23.6% 13.4% 4.1% 5.9% 10.5% 3.9% 5.3% - 94.0%
Source Date GERB BSP DPS Attack Reformist Bloc BBT NFSB ABV Others Total

Exit polls[edit]

Source Date GERB BSP DPS Attack Reformist Bloc BBT NFSB ABV Others Total
Mediana May 25, 2014 27.9% 20.2% 14.5% - 7.3% 11.6% - - - 81.5%
Alpha Research May 25, 2014 28.4% 21.6% 15.5% - 6.8% 9.9% - - - 82.2%
Gallup International May 25, 2014 28.6% 19.8% 14.9% - 6.4% 11.1% - - - 80.8%

Results[edit]

The Official national results as of 28 May 2014 with 100% of the ballots counted are as follows:


e • d Summary of the results of Bulgaria's 25 May 2014 election to the European Parliament
← 200920142019 →
National party European party Leader(s) Votes % +/– Seats +/–
GERB EPP Boyko Borisov 680,838 30.40 +6.04
6 / 17
Increase 1
Coalition for Bulgaria (KB) PES Sergei Stanishev 424,037 18.93 +0.43
4 / 17
Steady 0
Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) ALDE Party Lyutvi Mestan 386,725 17.27 +3.13
4 / 17
Increase 1
Bulgaria Without Censorship (BBT) ECR Nikolay Barekov 238,629 10.66 N/A
2 / 17
N/A
Reformist Bloc (RB) EPP Radan Kanev 144,532 6.45 N/A
1 / 17
N/A
Alternative for Bulgarian Revival (ABV) Georgi Parvanov 90,061 4.02 N/A
0 / 17
N/A
National Front for the Salvation of Bulgaria (NFSB) Valeri Simeonov 68,376 3.05 N/A
0 / 17
N/A
Attack (PPA) Volen Siderov 66,210 2.96 -9.00
0 / 17
Decrease 2
Others (parties and candidates that won less than 1% of the vote and no seats) 140,022 6.26%
0 / 17
Decrease 2
Valid votes 2,239,407 94.8%
Blank and invalid votes 122,536 5.2%
Totals 2,361,943 100.00
17 / 17
1 Decrease
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 6,533,828 36.15% -1.34
Source:Central Electoral Commission

Elected MEPs[edit]

The following 17 MEP were elected:[7]

European People's Party–European Democrats - 7 seats:

Party of European Socialists - 4 seats:

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe - 4 seats:

Declined:

European Conservatives and Reformists[10] - 2 seats

Media expenses[edit]

According to a survey taken by the NGO Institute for Public Environment Development, the following table represents the media campaign expenses of the main parties:[11]

Party Spending (BGN) Spending per seat
Bulgaria Without Censorship 1,085,655 542,827.50
Bulgarian Socialist Party 740,000 185,000
Attack 648,000 Did not win any seats
Reformist Bloc 360,000 360,000
Movement for Rights and Freedoms 294,500 73,625
Alternative for Bulgarian Revival 229,318 Did not win any seats
GERB 133,271 22,211.80
  • Note: Campaign expenses were capped at BGN 2 million.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bulgaria's CEC Announces Final Official Results of European Elections". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "2014 European elections: national rules". InfoGraphic European Parliamentary Research Service. InfoGraphic European Parliamentary Research Service. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bulgaria". European Parliament Online. European Parliament. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bulgarian President Calls for Clean Election Campaign". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bulgarian MPs Agree On 5% Preferential-Vote Threshold for EP Elections". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "The 2009 European Parliament Elections: from Votes to Seats in 27 Ways". Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "The New 17 Bulgarian Members of the European Parliament". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.dnevnik.bg/izbori2014/2014/05/26/2308373_posledni_danni_ot_cik_gerb_-_3041_svetoslav_malinov/?ref=exclusivenews
  9. ^ "DPS’s Delyan Peevski Gives up MEP Position". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "MEPs Barekov, Dzhambazki to Join ECR Group in European Parliament". Novinite.com. Sofia News Agency. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "'Bulgaria without Censorship' Party Had Costliest Media Campaign". Novinite.com. Soifa News Agency. Retrieved 1 June 2014.