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Municipal Elections: 28 Candidates Run without Permanent Address

Ábrahám Vass 2019.09.27.

28 candidates will run during the upcoming municipal elections who are short of a permanent or habitual residence, and have only a municipal address, wire service MTI reported in reference to the National Election Office’s (NVI) data.

Municipal residence means that their address card only shows the municipality they are “habitually residing in,” without a street or house number.

Municipal-level residence declaration is typically used by homeless people who lack even a temporary residence and it serves primarily for the authorities to be able to establish jurisdiction in legal matters and proceedings. However, someone short of one doesn’t necessarily live on the streets: owners, for example, tend not to always agree in the address declaration of their tenants.

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In Hungary, citizens short of an address have passive voting rights. That means they cannot vote but can stand as a candidate and potentially be elected as representatives or even mayor. They just need to apply for registration to the Central Register. At the previous municipal elections five years ago, there were 24 such candidates.

Featured photo illustration by Attila Balázs/MTI