In the first round, incumbent Georgi Parvanov received 64% of the vote, ahead of nationalist leader Volen Siderov who came second with 21.5%.Parvanov had to face him in a runoff, as Bulgarian law requires a turnout of 50% for a president to be elected in the first round. The voter turnout in the first round was 42.51%. The defeated right-wing forces called for abstention, while some far-left formations expressed their support for Siderov.
The second round saw a decisive Parvanov victory of around 75.9% as opposed to Siderov's 24.1%, meaning that Parvanov became the first person to be democratically re-elected as President of Bulgaria. The turnout was 41.21%.