III. Electoral system
C. The system of representation for the European Parliament
In 2014, the Bulgarian delegation to the European Parliament will have 17 members. Members of the European Parliament are elected by a proportional system from a nationwide constituency with a possibility of a preference vote for one candidate on a candidate list (open list voting).23 The distribution formula is using largest remainders with Hare-Niemeyer’s quota.24 A candidate can benefit from the preference system if he/she obtains at least seven per cent of the votes cast.25 This is an acceptable method of proportional representation for the distribution of mandates.