January 18th, 2014

Áder sets date of 2014 election for April 6

President Janos Ader on Saturday set the date of Hungary’s 2014 general election for April 6, which is the earliest possible Sunday under the law.

Parties able to field individual candidates in all 106 constituencies will be given financing from the central budget and will have a period of fifty days, starting from Feb. 15, in which to campaign for the ballots of Hungary’s eight million eligible voters.

For the first time since Hungary’s transition to democracy, the election will have a single round.

Further, the number of seats in parliament will be reduced to 199 from 386.

Prospective candidates must secure 500 signatures in a constituency in order to run, with a March 3 deadline.

A party may draw up a national list if they have at least an individual candidate in 27 constituencies in at least nine counties and Budapest.

All voters can cast two ballots: one for an individual candidate and another for the party list.

Voters who register themselves as a member of a national minority will cast their ballot for the list of the respective minority rather than for national parties.

Of the 199 members of the new Parliament, 93 will be elected from the parties’ national lists.

No party with less than 5 percent of the vote for its list can win a party-list mandate.

A further novelty is that non-Hungarian residents who have Hungarian citizenship will have the right to vote. They must register with the National Election Office (NVI) by March 22 in order to practise that right. Voting papers will be sent out to voters and these must be sent in turn to either a Hungarian foreign mission by the end of the voting period or to a local constituency election office. It can also be sent to the National Elections Office by April 5.

Hungarian voters who have an address in Hungary but are stationed abroad must turn up at either an embassy or consulate to cast their ballot on the day of the election. But beforehand, they must register with a local notary by March 29.

Under the constitution, the founding session of the new parliament will be convened by the president of the republic within 30 days after the general election. The prime minister will be elected by a majority of lawmakers based on the president’s proposal. Parliament will approve the government’s programme and elect the prime minister simultaneously.

In the past four elections the government took its oath of office between one-and-a-half and three weeks after the founding session.

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  • MagyarViking

    Hungarian voters who have an address in Hungary but are stationed abroad
    must turn up at either an embassy or consulate to cast their ballot on
    the day of the election. But beforehand, they must register with a local
    notary by March 29.

    So,
    * normally pro-Fidesz voters not living in Hungary can vote via mail
    * normally anti-Fidesz voters not living in Hungary can ONLY vote if they go back to Hungary and register in person to vote abroad

    An enourmous discrimination where about 1 million voters will be treated different – just shows Fidesz’ commitment to democracy and equality…

    • justasking

      ‘So,
      * normally pro-Fidesz voters not living in Hungary can vote via mail
      * normally anti-Fidesz voters not living in Hungary can ONLY vote if they go back to Hungary and register in person to vote abroad’

      So, how does Fidesz know who’s going to vote how, to make sure this ‘enormous discrimination’ is followed properly? Is there a survey that has to be completed by those living abroad first?

      You know, to make sure that group A gets this preferential treatment over group B?

      • MagyarViking

        Anyone “forced” to seek work outside Hungary after April 2010 is more likely to vote anti-Fidesz

        Anyone who has been given a new shining passport by Fidesz after April 2010 is more likely to vote pro-Fidesz

        Hence preferential treatment for the latter group, even if both groups have the same logistical problems to vote and should have the same technical solution to vote
        You ask Fidesz why they give preferential treatment to the latter group…

        • justasking

          ‘You ask Fidesz why they give preferential treatment to the latter group…’

          Uh, mmm…cause they wanna stay in power?

          • MagyarViking

            Agreed…

          • justasking

            Isn’t that the objective?

  • Hungarian

    Judgement day for the goose thief and his DicK allies!

  • szebbjovot

    Good, I cannot wait.

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