Bulgarians vote to elect MEPs for the fourth timeEuropost
Bulgarians are voting to choose their 17 MEPs on Sunday in the country's fourth European elections since it joined the EU on 1 January 2007, BTA reported.
A total of 27 contestants have registered for participation in the elections. They include 13 parties, 8 coalitions and 6 independent candidates. There are a total of 318 candidates (224 men and 94 women.
The eligible voters, listed on the rolls for the elections of Bulgarian Members of the EP, total 6,355,633 according to the preliminary register, and will cast ballots in 11,661 voting sections countrywide. A total of 8,671 Bulgarians declared their wish to vote abroad by the April 30 deadline, and they will be able to do so in a record 191 voting sections in 64 countries (24 each in the UK and Germany, 16 in Spain, 13 in Greece, 10 in France, 7 in the Netherlands, 6 each in Belgium, Austria and Italy, 5 each in Cyprus and the US, 4 in Turkey), up from 179 sections in 35 countries for the 2014 elections.
Thirteen Bulgarian non-governmental organizations are monitoring Sunday's elections with the help of 2,575 observers. Three international and foreign organizations have registered observation missions with a total of 7 observers: European Students' Forum, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, and AEGEE-Europe.