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Voter Participation in the Local Elections Reaches a Record High

Hungary Today 2024.06.10.
Emptying the ballot boxes in Pécs

This year, the European Parliamentary (EP) and local elections were held on the same day in Hungary. On Sunday, more than 7.8 million Hungarian citizens were entitled to vote, with 58.1 percent of them exercising their voting rights. Never before in Hungary have so many people voted in either local or EP elections.

On June 9, local government elections were held to elect county/capital and local/district government representatives, mayors and the capital’s lord mayor, as well as representatives of national minority self-governments. This year, the representatives and mayors were exceptionally elected for a term of four and a half years instead of five, in accordance with the Constitution.

After the 2019 local elections, 12 out of 23 towns with county rights were won by the governing parties and their candidates, and this number has not changed much this year. Since then, the number of towns with county rights has increased from 23 to 25 (with the addition of Baja and Esztergom). In the 2024 elections, Fidesz-KDNP candidates won in 14 out of 25 towns with county rights.

Data released by the National Election Office reveals that the winning mayors in the towns with county rights are as follows:

governing parties / opposition or coalition parties. Source: National Election Office / MTVA Press Archive / MTI

Newly elected mayors will take office on October 1, 2024.

According to Világgazdaság,

the governing parties have won back Miskolc, Eger, and Salgótarján, while losing Nagykanizsa and Győr.

One of the biggest competitions was in Győr, where Bence Pintér defeated both a Fidesz mayor and a former Fidesz mayor.

In sixteen municipalities, there is a tie between the candidates for mayor, hence midterm elections may have to be held there.

As Hungary Today reported, of Budapest’s 23 districts, districts 4, 12, and 14 will see leadership changes. Fidesz-KDNP has doubled the number of districts it controls in the capital, from three in 2019, to six, now led by a pro-government mayor. However, 17 out of 23 districts will still be controlled by the opposition.

Elected mayors of Budapest. (Orange: Fidesz-KDNP, green: opposition, brown: independent). Picture: MTI

Based on data from the National Election Office, the governing parties will be in the majority in the county assemblies in all nineteen counties from October, with Fidesz-KDNP in a huge majority:

Source: National Election Office / MTVA Press Archive / MTI

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Via MTI, valasztas.hu, Világgazdaság; Featured image: MTI/Ruprech Judit

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