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The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) has sent a written request to Péter Polt, the public prosecutor, to state why the prosecution service had failed to investigate “obvious election fraud” in the context of Hungary’s upcoming local elections.

Gergely Arató, DK’s deputy parliamentary group leader, referred to an Index news portal report of an unrealistically large number of voters registered in households in Záhony, in eastern Hungary, and a related complaint lodged by the Socialist Party upheld by the local election committee of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County.

Referring to the ruling party, he said experiences during the 2018 general election campaign showed how “Fidesz vote-buying” worked at the Ukrainian border. Arató insisted that thousands of Ukrainian citizens in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County had registered at fake addresses in order to vote for Fidesz mayoral candidates and MPs in exchange for receiving Hungarian pensions and health care.

He said that it amounted to an admission on the part of the government nothing had been done to combat the practice of fake registrations.

Featured photo illustration by Zoltán Balogh/MTI