List of Bulgarian constituencies

Bulgaria is divided into 31 multi-member constituencies for the purposes of elections to the National Assembly.

Seat distribution by constituency after the 2013 election.

BackgroundEdit

Bulgaria is divided into 28 provinces. Most of these correspond exactly to the constituencies, but Sofia City Province is divided in 3 and Plovdiv Province is divided in 2.[1] Plovdiv Province is divided between the 16th MMC (consisting of the City of Plovdiv) and the 17th MMC (consisting of the rest of the province). Sofia City Province (not to be confused with Sofia Province) is divided between the 23rd (southern Sofia), 24th (central and eastern Sofia), and 25th (western Sofia) MMCs.

In addition to their names, constituencies are numbered from 1 to 31 according to their order in the Cyrillic alphabet. There are a total of 240 seats in the National Assembly, and each constituency elects between 4 (the guaranteed minimum number of seats in a constituency) and 16 members of parliament.

List of constituenciesEdit

Seat allocation by constituencyEdit

Below is the numbers of MPs allocated to each constituency by election year. The number of MPs in 2009 only adds up to 209 because of the electoral system experiment of that year (see further below).

MMC Constituency Seats
2005 2009* 2013 2014 2017[2]
1 Blagoevgrad 10 9 11 11 11
2 Burgas 13 11 14 14 14
3 Varna 14 12 15 15 15
4 Veliko Tarnovo 9 8 8 8 8
5 Vidin 4 3 4 4 4
6 Vratsa 7 6 6 6 6
7 Gabrovo 4 4 4 4 4
8 Dobrich 7 6 6 6 6
9 Kardzhali 5 4 5 5 5
10 Kyustendil 5 4 4 4 4
11 Lovech 5 4 5 5 5
12 Montana 6 5 5 5 5
13 Pazardzhik 9 8 9 9 9
14 Pernik 5 4 4 4 4
15 Pleven 10 9 9 9 9
16 Plovdiv-city 10 9 11 11 11
17 Plovdiv-province 11 10 11 11 11
18 Razgrad 5 4 4 4 4
19 Ruse 8 7 8 8 8
20 Silistra 4 4 4 4 4
21 Sliven 7 6 6 6 6
22 Smolyan 4 4 4 4 4
23 Sofia-23 13 11 16 16 16
24 Sofia-24 11 10 12 12 12
25 Sofia-25 12 10 14 14 14
26 Sofia-province 8 7 8 8 8
27 Stara Zagora 11 10 11 11 11
28 Targovishte 4 4 4 4 4
29 Haskovo 8 7 8 8 8
30 Shumen 6 5 6 6 6
31 Yambol 5 4 4 4 4
Total 240 209* 240 240 240

2009 experimentEdit

As an experiment, the 2009 election was conducted with a different electoral system than earlier elections. 31 out of the 240 MPs were elected through first-past-the-post voting, while the remaining 209 were elected through party-list proportional representation using the largest remainder method. This mixed electoral system was rejected for use in further elections, and the old system was returned in the next election in 2013.

The following 31 members of the National Assembly were elected through first-past-the-post in 2009:

MMC Member Party
Blagoevgrad Lyuben Petrov Tatarski GERB
Burgas Bozhidar Dimitrov Stoyanov GERB
Varna Krasimir Petrov Petrov GERB
Veliko Tarnovo Tsvetan Genchev Tsvetanov GERB
Vidin Lyubomila Stanislavova Stanislavova GERB
Vratsa Nikolay Goranov Kotsev GERB
Gabrovo Galina Dimitrova Bankovska GERB
Dobrich Rumen Ivanov Ivanov GERB
Kardzhali Ahmed Demir Dogan DPS
Kyustendil Valentin Tonchev Mikev GERB
Lovech Anatoliy Velikov Jordanov GERB
Montana Plamen Georgiev Tsekov GERB
Pazardzhik Ivan Dimitrov Ivanov GERB
Pernik Irena Lyubenova Sokolova GERB
Pleven Tsetska Tsacheva Dangovska GERB
Plovdiv-city Menda Kirilova Stoyanova GERB
Plovdiv-province Dimitar Nikolov Lazarov GERB
Razgrad Hasan Ahmed Ademov DPS
Ruse Plamen Dulchev Nunev GERB
Silistra Mithat Mehmed Tabakov DPS
Sliven Desislava Zhekova Taneva GERB
Smolyan Daniela Anastasova Daritkova-Prodanova GERB
Sofia-23 Boris Krumov Grozdanov GERB
Sofia-24 Monika Hans Panayotova GERB
Sofia-25 Krasimir Lyubomirov Velchev GERB
Sofia-province Emil Delchev Dimitrov GERB
Stara Zagora Ivan Dechkov Kolev GERB
Targovishte Kasim Ismail Dal DPS
Haskovo Delyan Aleksandrov Dobrev GERB
Shumen Georgi Velkov Kolev DPS
Yambol Anastas Vasilev Anastasov GERB

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