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Regional party lists are substituted by winner compensation system

In light of the final results of the 2014 parliamentary elections, it is worth assessing the compensation mechanisms introduced by the new electoral system. The Hungarian electoral system has been a mixed-system since 1990, consisting of party lists (PR) and single-member constituenci
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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 ha
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The endorsement forms are unique and identifiable

The Center for Fundamental Rights evaluated the new regulations applicable to the collection of the endorsement forms related to the parliamentary elections. The Center concludes that the new endorsement forms afford an enhanced level of security in contrast to the previously used for
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Voting by mail: either everybody or nobody

The Center for Fundamental Rights analyzed the constitutionality of the new legal framework of Hungarian citizens voting abroad. In light of previous regulations and pertinent case law based on the decisions of the Constitutional Court, the Center found that the new legislative framew
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Kim Lane Scheppele’s fiction: 10 false claims about elections in Hungary

Princeton law professor Kim Lane Scheppele in a recent series of articles heavily criticized the new Hungarian electoral system. The Centre for Fundamental Rights carefully examined her claims in the context of the electoral rules currently in force, and came to the conclusion that Sc
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The Importance of the Constitutional Court Has Not Diminished

An analysis of the new law with regard to the competence of the Constitutional Court The Hungarian Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ) has examined the new regulation that has entered into force in 2012 concerning the Constitutional Court, concluding that even though
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One among many

Rules applicable to the voting rights of Hungarians living abroad are not considered exceptional in the European Union The Center for Fundamental Rights examined the decrees of member states of the European Union that apply to parliamentary elections. Based on the analysis of the laws
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Refutation of the top 10 erroneous statements of the Tavares Report

The Hungarian, Budapest-based Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ) – engaged in the legal analysis and protection of fundamental rights – has examined the so-called ‘Tavares Report’, submitted by the Portuguese Green Party MEP, Ruí Tavares. The European Parliament adop
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