These are some of the key numbers in Bulgaria’s May 12 2013 national parliamentary elections.
The electorate: 6 868 455 eligible voters, according to the Central Election Commission. At the end of 2012, according to the National Statistical Institute, Bulgaria’s population was 7 282 041.
The budget: 21 million leva (about 10.5 million euro), voted by the Cabinet.
The contestants: Thirty-eight parties and seven coalitions.
The candidates. In all, 8148. The Dossier Commission has identified more than 140 of these are former agents of communist-era State Security.