Center for Fundamental Rights

Elections in Hungary 2014: a tested and verified new system

With almost all of the votes counted, Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Hungary have enabled the free expression of the will of the voters. Considering the preliminary results from yesterday’s voting against the previous electoral system, the current governing parties would have won an absolute majority of seats in 2010 just as they have won an absolute majority of seats on April 6th. The vote affirmed the previous statement of the OSCE and the Venice Commission, according to which the law ‘revising the rules on elections of members of parliament of Hungary as from 2014 is a good basis for the conduct of genuine and democratic parliamentary elections.’ Voting came off in an orderly manner without any serious problems, the electoral administration and the new system performing well.

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