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Local Government Elections Campaign Starts, Fidesz Ready for Challenge


The campaign for Hungary’s local government elections has officially started on Saturday. President János Áder earlier set the date of the elections to October 12 throughout Hungary, and according to election laws, the campaign period begins 50 days prior to the date of the election. Candidates already started to collect nominating signatures, which they can do so until Monday, September 8.

The new campaign rule has several still new elements, including the abolishing campaign silence. Now, just like at the general elections earlier this year, parties can hold rallies and continue to campaign even on election day, although they cannot do so within a 150-meter radios of a polling station.

Governing party Fidesz held its campaign opening event on Sunday, where the party promised further economic growth and job creation. One of the key messages of the event was to “finally put the Gyurcsány-Bajnai era behind us”. Fidesz will have mayoral candidates in 1167 towns and villages, of which 893 is Fidesz-KDNP party member, while the other 274 are independent candidates, backed by Fidesz. The goal of Fidesz is to collect the most signatures in the shortest period of time, aiming to have as many personal meeting with voters, as possible.

MTI photo János Bugány, Szolnok Fidesz