1946 Bulgarian republic referendum

A referendum on becoming a republic was held in Bulgaria on 8 September 1946.[1] The result was 95.6% in favour of the change, with voter turnout reported to be 91.7%.[2] The country was declared to be the People's Republic of Bulgaria on 15 September 1946, formally putting an end to the Kingdom. On the following day the de jure head of state king Simeon II and his mother, queen Giovanna were forced to leave the country, although the queen wanted to leave Bulgaria after the execution of Prince Kiril on 1 February 1945.[3] After the referendum, a republican constitution (known as the Dimitrov Constitution) was introduced the following year.[4]

ResultsEdit

Choice Votes %
Republic 3,833,183 95.6
Monarchy 175,231 4.4
Invalid/blank votes 124,507
Total 4,132,921 100
Registered voters/turnout 4,509,354 91.7
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p368 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p375
  3. ^ "1946: ИСТИНСКИЯТ РЕФЕРЕНДУМ | Вестник "ДУМА"". Duma. Retrieved 3 January 2021.
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p355