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Attila Nagy, head of the national election office NVI and András Téglási, head of the national election committee NVB, met election observers of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, on Tuesday, NVI said.
A four-member delegation of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) was led by Head of the Election Department Meaghan Fitzgerald, the NVI told MTI.
The OSCE delegation is paying a visit to Hungary between January 17-21 to gather information in connection with the preparation for the country’s general election in the spring. They are scheduled to meet representatives of several organisations, parliament and the government, NVI said in a statement.
Based on Tuesday’s talks, the NVI and NVB heads expressed their trust that high-level professional cooperation will be maintained between the sides and the OSCE/ODIHIR will send observers to Hungary for the April election, NVI said.
Nagy said he had assured the OSCE of NVI’s dedication to cooperation and added that it was important that the observers should carry out their tasks in an objective fashion, the statement said. Téglási expressed hope that their cooperation will be constructive, it added.
The OSCE delegation also met top officials of Hungary’s public media provider MTVA, MTVA’s press office said on Tuesday evening.
Dániel Papp, MTVA’s chief executive, and Menyhért Dobos, chief executive of public service media operator Duna Mediaszolgáltató, gave the OSCE delegation an outline of the Hungarian public media system and its operation. They underscored in connection with the upcoming general election the guarantees for balance and impartiality as defined in the country’s media law and code of public service.
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