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Hungarians Outside EU Cast Votes for Fidesz

Péter Cseresnyés 2019.05.29.

This marked the first EP election wherein Hungarians living outside of the EU could cast their votes for the Hungarian party list. One thing’s for certain: Fidesz’s popularity among these voters was undeniable (the party snagged 96% of their votes). 

Although Fidesz introduced voting by post in 2013 and debuted the system in the 2014 parliamentary elections, it wasn’t possible to vote in the following EP election (2014) until this year.

It’s important to note that Hungarians registered in other EU countries still can’t vote on the Hungarian list due to having to vote on their country of residence’s list. However, Hungarians living beyond the border with dual citizenship have the right to choose which country’s list they’d like to vote on.

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Non-EU citizens’ electoral rights in the EP elections were originally proposed by the European Council; therefore, the Hungarian government transposed the proposal into legislation allowing Hungarian citizens without an address either in Hungary or the EU to register and cast a vote.

The results as of now:

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  • Fidesz-KDNP 54 976
  • Momentum 556
  • Our Homeland (Mi Hazánk) 363
  • Democratic Coalition (DK) 349
  • Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) 334
  • Socialists (MSZP)-Párbeszéd 255
  • LMP 207
  • Jobbik 188
  • Labour Party (Munkáspárt) 71

The National Election Committee (NVI) has already processed 63,000 postal votes, of which more than 57,000 were valid. NVI waited until the election’s end at seven p.m. on Sunday night before opening and processing the ballots.

As of now, Fidesz is first on the list with 54,976 votes, followed by Momentum in second with an abysmal 556.

According to NVI, the data shows that Vojvodina was particularly active in this year’s election. More than 40,000 postal votes were mailed or submitted at the embassy in Serbia.

Featured photo by Lajos Soós/MTI