Bulgarian Constitutional Assembly election, 1946

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Bulgarian Constitutional Assembly election, 1946
Bulgaria
← 1945 27 October 1946 1949 →

400 seats to the Grand National Assembly
Turnout 92.6%
  First party
  Georgi Dimitrov.jpg
Leader Georgi Dimitrov
Party Bulgarian Communist Party
Seats won 278
Popular vote 2,264,852
Percentage 53.9%

PM before election

Kimon Georgiev
Fatherland Front

Elected PM

Georgi Dimitrov
Fatherland Front

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Constitutional Assembly elections were held in Bulgaria on 27 October 1946.[1] The elections served to elect members to the 6th Grand National Assembly, tasked with adopting a new constitution. The Fatherland Front, an anti-fascist coalition dominated by the Bulgarian Communist Party, had come to power in 1944 following a coup. Now that the Second World War was over and the monarchy abolished the communists wanted to adopt a new constitution. The Communists won a large majority, with 53.5 percent of the vote and 278 of the 465 seats. Voter turnout was 92.6%.[2] This would be the lowest vote share that the Communists or the Fatherland Front would claim during the 43 years of undisguised Communist rule in Bulgaria. In subsequent years, the Fatherland Front would claim to win elections with unanimous or near-unanimous support.

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats
Bulgarian Communist Party 2,264,852 53.9 278
BZNS-NPORSDP 1,191,455 28.3 101
Bulgarian Agrarian National Union 564,581 13.4 68
Bulgarian Social Democratic Workers Party (Broad Socialists) 79,774 1.9 9
Zveno 70,731 1.7 8
Democratic Party 22,736 0.5 0
Radical Democratic Party 8,868 0.2 1
Independents 298 0.0 0
Invalid/blank votes 63,319
Total 4,266,614 100 465
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, pp368 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p376