Early parliamentary elections are coming up on October 2, 2022 - the third in about a year and a half.

After the regular vote for the National Assembly on April 4, 2021 and the impossibility of reaching a political consensus and forming a parliamentary majority to produce a government, new, early elections were scheduled for July 11.

Then the situation was repeated again, after which parliamentary elections were held in November 2021.

In December 2021, a political consensus was reached in the parliament and a government was installed, which survived until the end of June 2022, when it was ousted by a vote of no confidence.

This led to new parliamentary elections being scheduled for October 2.

The opening of 11,845 sections is planned for them in the country.

For abroad, their number is 755 in 62 countries, according to data from the Central Election Commission (CEC). 

The number of polling stations in the country is not final, since 48 hours before the election day, additional polling places are to be announced in hospitals, social institutions, places of detention.

9,369 voting machines are planned in the country, and in 1,105 sections voting will be done with two machines each.

Abroad, voting will be done with 525 machines in 290 sections - in 235 sections with two machines, and in the remaining 55 with one machine.

The number of machines for the country and abroad is 10,999. 

The submitted applications for voting outside the country are 50,874 (50,865 - online).             

For the vote in October, there are 5,333 registered candidates for people's representatives, of which 1,576 are women. 

For comparison, in the 2 in 1 elections - for the president and early elections for the National Assembly, which took place on November 14, 2021, 12,990 polling stations were opened in the country.

Overseas voting was then held in 68 countries in 751 polling stations, and the applications submitted were 56,668. In 208 of the overseas polling stations, two machines were installed, or a total of 416 machines, and in 543 polling stations the vote was on paper.

This is according to data from the Reference Department of BTA.

A total of 11,936 voting machines were used throughout the country and abroad.

In Bulgaria, a machine vote was held in 9,399 sections, and a second device was installed in 2,121 of them.

The total number of registered candidates for the vote was 5,067 - 1,515 women and 3,552 men. 

At the vote on July 11, 2021, 11,983 sections were opened in the country.

In 9,401 of them voting was done by machine, and in 1,115 of them two devices were installed. 

Abroad, 784 sections were opened in 68 countries.

In 273 sections, voting was done with 421 devices, and two machines were installed in 148 sections.

In Great Britain, 135 sections were discovered, in Turkey - 121, in the USA - 58, in Germany - 117, in Spain - 67, in Greece - 32, in Italy - 28. 

According to changes in the Electoral Code of April 29, 2021, in the elections on July 11, 2021, in sections with more than 300 voters, voting is mandatory with machines, and in sections with less than 300 voters, voting is with a paper ballot.

Compared to the regular parliamentary elections on April 4, 2021, with changes to the Electoral Code, the limit on the number of sections in countries outside the European Union has been removed.

Previously, up to 35 polling stations could be opened in non-EU countries.

With the amendments, sections outside the country can be opened where there is a diplomatic or consular representation, as well as outside them - in the presence of not less than 40 voters who have submitted an application, as well as in the places where they have been held up to five years before the election election day, at least one polling station was formed in which no less than 100 voters voted.

At the vote on April 4, 2021, 465 sections in 69 countries were opened abroad.

Overseas voting applications submitted were 87,796 - 85,710 submitted online and 2,086 submitted on paper. 

A total of 12,630 polling stations were opened in the country, and in 9,398 voting machines could be used.

The machines were placed in sections with more than 300 voters, with voters having the right to choose how to vote - with a paper ballot or by machine, according to changes to the Electoral Code of September 17, 2020.

There were 5,949 registered candidates for people's representatives.