The elections were called because after the previous ones, held in April, it was not possible to form a ruling majority due to the fragmented parliament.
Recent polls suggest the result of today’s vote could be similar to that of April, but also that the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, led by Borisov, will further lose support.
The caretaker government, formed after the April elections, made allegations of widespread corruption during Borisov’s long rule. The new government announced that hundreds of millions of euros disappeared in an unknown direction just for repairs in the accumulation lakes.
The President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, Borisov’s old opponent, is responsible for the formation of the transitional government.
During Borisov, Bulgaria was often criticized for failing to fight corruption and the poor state of the rule of law and freedom of the media.
The main rival of the GERB party, which won first place with 25.8 percent of the vote in April, will be the opposition anti-elitist party “There are such people”, headed by TV presenter Slavi Trifonov. The recently formed party won 17.4 percent of the vote in the April elections.
The opposition Socialist Party, whose coalition received 14.8 per cent of the vote in April, is expected to take third place, followed by the liberal group Democratic Bulgaria, which had 9.3 per cent.
A four percent census should be passed by the new alliance of the center-left “Stand up! Mafia out!” which arose on the wave of mass last year’s anti-government protests.
Protesters accused Borisov of corruption and links to the mafia. They demanded the resignations of Borisov and Republic Prosecutor Ivan Geshev.
Analysts estimate that Borisov has little chance of returning to the prime minister’s position, even if his party GERB wins the most votes, as most political groups have rejected the possibility of cooperating with him.
The devastating situation with the coronavirus vaccination, which puts Bulgaria at the very back of the EU, played almost no role in the campaign. The focus was on corruption, judicial reform, environmental protection and the absence of a national plan to use money from the EU’s economic recovery fund after the pandemic.
The polls close at 19.00 Central European Time. 6.7 million voters have the right to vote. They elect all 240 deputies.
Preliminary results are expected around midnight.
Bulgarians will also vote in the presidential elections in September.