The leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Cornelia Ninova, formed a large left-wing coalition. In many European countries the first parliamentary elections are coming right at the end of the Covid-19 crisis. The pandemic has raised many issues related to social policy, health and education. Hence the interest in all kinds of left-wing formations and policies at a European level at this moment.
The Bulgarian coalition is one of the first attempts at forming something similar and is being watched with curiosity in search of new test models for elections by other left-wing formations.
The leader of the Bulgarian Socialists signed an agreement with three smaller parties, one of which is led by the former president of Bulgaria - Georgi Parvanov.
"This is not an easy coalition, but it is necessary for Bulgaria," Ninova said when announcing the agreement.
The Allies will appear with a joint list at the elections on 11th of July.
The formation of the Socialists is expected to be joined by more parties and civil organisations in agreement for accession and support in creating common policies with common grounds.
Revolutionary for Bulgaria in the fight against corrupted elections, these will be the first elections in which voting will be done entirely with the help of voting machines, except in small polling sections, where there are less than 300 voters.
Interestingly, on July 11th for the first time there will be no restrictions on the number of polling sections abroad. So far, they have been up to 35 for non-EU countries. After Brexit the UK falls into this hypothesis.
A record number of Bulgarians using their right to vote is expected on the island. They are one of the largest Bulgarian groups outside Bulgaria, and by May 2021 alone, more than 260,000 have applied for a permanent residence in Britain, and their number is constantly growing. At the last elections in April 2021 there were 13 polling sections in London alone, and 22 more in other cities across the UK. Voters waited for hours to exercise their right to vote, especially in London, Chester and Nottingham. In total, more than 32,000 Bulgarians voted on the island.