Questions about fair elections overshadow Fidesz victory

Hungarian opposition parties have been questioning whether irregularities in last week’s general election results were caused by negligence or election fraud.

Ivett Körösi
Ivett Körösi Nepszava, Hungary
Source: Nepszava
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Viktor Orban announces the victory of the FIDESZ party in April 8 in Bálna, Budapest. Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

Just like before the elections, the Hungarian opposition remains divided.

Some claim that rigged elections caused Fidesz to secure a two-thirds majority in parliament. Others blame any irregularities on the unprofessionalism and negligence of the National Election Office, adding that anyone who thinks Fidesz’s sweeping victory was caused by election fraud are deceiving themselves.

A common refrain is that Hungary is drifting away from democratic values. The dispute surrounding this crucial election is a litmus test of our democratic sensitivity.

No irregularity can be small-scale enough to shrug and say that it was not widespread enough to really matter.

If these incidents -- be it negligence or fraud -- are not denounced, it will send a clear signal to the ruling elite. Serious election frauds start with small steps.

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Details from the story:

  • Several polling stations in the recent Hungarian national election had a suspiciously high number of invalid ballots, most of which favored opposition parties.
  • Each voter should have received two ballot papers: one that included the national voting list and one naming individual candidates. Several constituencies reported a significant difference in the number of votes for each ballot.
  • According to TV reports, members of the Roma community in certain villages were transported to the polls. One witness said they were given 5,000 HUF (16 EUR) to vote for Fidesz.
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