It is election time again in Bulgaria - for the third time this year. If you missed all the key developments from the past few weeks - the new players in the General election battle, the key candidates for President and their chances of winning - we do not blame you. It has been a wild ride indeed - we have a brand new movement, which promises to be one of the big players, we had very last-minute nominations for Head of State,and surveys are showing a significant reshuffling of public opinion It is hard to keep up.
So, if you missed some of the important issues surrounding the election and feel like catching up in the days before 14 November, look no further. Kapital Insights has compiled a selection of five stories from the past month in which we have explained all you need to know in advance.
In the article "Ending with a bang: How the November elections got exciting" we introduced the new players who quickly entered the political scene just a month or so before the crucial 2 in 1 elections.
Then we delved into the creation of the newest, and very promising player on the political scene - the party of ex-caretaker ministers Kiril Petkov and Assen Vassilev We Continue the Change - in a piece called "Do we continue the change? A new big player in town."
Since we did not really have proper campaigning this time around, because of politicians' election fatigue and the difficult pandemic situation, we introduced you to a few significant electoral battles and players worth following in the article entitled "The battle for Sofia, Peevski is back and other things to look out for in the elections."
"Who wants to be a President? A short guide to the main contenders" was released more than two weeks after the start of the campaign for Head of State and described how the main contenders kicked their election efforts off, and summarized what sociologists think about their chances of winning.
Finally, on Wednesday, we released the last update before the election in the article "Third time lucky? Bulgaria goes to the polls yet again." If you do not have time for a lot of reading, this is your TLDR piece, where you will see a summary of all significant polls for both President and Parliament from the last few weeks, how recent topics of public interest (i.e. Kiril Petkov's citizenship issue, the Covid crisis and the Green Certificate debacle) affected voter perceptions, and most importantly, what is at stake in Sunday's vote.
We hope we can help you negotiate your way through the chaotic Bulgarian political landscape. Follow us on Twitter on Sunday for election updates and check out the website on Monday for a summary of polling day.