Bulgaria: The Paper Ballot did not help BSP in the Latest Elections
"Our result will go up (due to the return of the paper ballot), let me assure you of that."
The words of BSP leader Kornelia Ninova before bTV on March 28 - four days before the early parliamentary elections.
The results are already clear - the Bulgarian Socialist Party does not get more votes, they have fewer. Although Ninova was adamant that the return of the paper ballot would bring more votes to the socialists, the party received 7,144 fewer votes.
This time, the left failed to reach even 9% of the electoral vote, receiving 8.94 percent of the votes. There are 225,814 people who voted for the BSP, and in October there were 232,958 people. BSP was then the fifth political force in a 7-party parliament.
Four meetings and 44 hours of debates - that's all it took for the so-called "paper ballot coalition" between GERB-SDS, DPS and BSP to finally rewrite the Electoral Code.
"We will not regret being the initiator of the return of the paper ballot, because this will increase voter turnout," Ninova also told bTV.
And that didn't happen. At least not according to the latest results.
According to the data of the Central Electoral Commission, the turnout in the parliamentary elections on October 2, 2022, was 39.41% (2,601,963 people out of 6,602,990 eligible voters).
Election activity on Sunday was 1.22% more - 40.63%. 2,679,234 people went to the polls on April 2 out of a total of 6,594,593 eligible voters.