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Hungary in Pictures: 2019 EP Elections

Fanni Kaszás 2019.05.27.

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party won 52.14 percent of votes in the European parliamentary election on Sunday amid a higher-than-projected turnout. Democratic Coalition (DK) and Momentum followed Fidesz with 16.26 and 9.92 percent, respectively. The ruling parties won 13 seats; the leftist Democratic Coalition four; Momentum two; Socialist-Párbeszéd one and nationalist Jobbik one. Scroll down to see how Hungarians voted in yesterday’s EP elections.

The first voter, László Szabó, cast his vote in Erzsébetváros, the seventh district of the Hungarian capital. The election began at six o’clock in the morning at 10,277 polling stations. Out of the 7.9 million eligible, some 3,414,317 people cast their votes.

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Some voters weren’t able to make it to a polling station. Instead, they had to request mobile ballot boxes. In the pictures below, Antal Mátyus is seen waving to the voting committee after having cast his vote in a mobile ballot box at his farm in Szentkirály.

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Sándor Ujvári /MTI

Béla Deák (right) also voted at home via a mobile ballot box.

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István Járó caught preparing to cast his vote in the mobile ballot box.

Mrs. Sándor Lupis cast her vote in Nyíregyháza with the help of voting committee members.

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Patients currently undergoing treatment in hospitals were also able to request mobile ballot boxes. Below, two members of the 47th polling station’s mobile ballot box committee, Géza Urr (middle) and Dániel Paczári (right), can be seen getting dressed prior to entering the Hematology Department of the Jósa András Hospital in Nyíregyháza.

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Attila Balázs/MTI

Many voters arrived with their lovely dogs:

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While some people even chose to don folk costumes to the polls. For example, Mrs. Mátyás Sáfrány wore her Buják folk dress to the Glatz Oszkár Cultural Center, the second polling station for the European Parliament (EP) elections.

MTI/Komka Péter

Péter Komka/MTI

Tivadar Jakab and Zsófia Zsók wore Bukovina Szekler folk costumes while leaving the polling station in Kakasd.

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Some voters surprised the voting committee by wearing unusual dresses: members of the Colonia Rostallo Cultural and Military History Foundation dressed in clothes from the Roman era while voting at the polling station in the Mayor’s Office of Nemesvámos on May 26, 2019.

György Varga/MTI

György Varga/MTI

However, the voting committee was far more surprised by a peculiar visitor to one of the polling stations in Budapest. According to local representative V. Naszályi Márta, a rat was spotted at one of the stations in a school in the first district.

Those, who voted for the first time, received one of the bracelets pictured below at the polls.

Tamás Sóki/MTI

Tamás Sóki/MTI