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By 11am on Sunday, 18.25 percent of the around 8 million eligible voters had cast their ballots in Hungary’s local elections, the National Election Office said.

A total of 1,464,602 people went to the polls in the first five hours, the office said. Voter participation in the local elections five years ago was 16.50 percent by 11am.

In the counties turnout was the largest in northern Hungary’s Heves, 20.96 percent, and the lowest in eastern Hungary’s Hajdu-Bihar, 16.64 percent.

Voter participation in Budapest stood at 17.48 percent at 11am.

Local mayors, municipal and minority representatives are elected in public-administrative districts, as well as the mayor of Budapest and its districts, in a first-past-the-post, single-round vote.

Featured photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI