The electoral procedure in Hungary leaves no room for fraud

Czech observation mission Alipro deployed to monitor parliamentary elections and referendum in Hungary noted Tuesday that both procedures are sound, “leaving virtually no room for fraud.”

During the campaign, many posters were vandalized with “slanderous inscriptions or stickers mocking the candidate”. Such cases occurred mostly in cities, with posters from ruling parties and the Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) party, Alipro said.

In his statement sent to MTI, the observers said that the Hungarian media landscape was “fairly balanced but polarized”, with the media “openly attributing one or the other political party”.

“Opposition and government parties have free access to the media, and the press market share is roughly evenly split along political lines,” the observers said.

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At the same time, social media platforms have become important campaign tools and sources of information, Alipro said. These platforms often block certain outlets, restricting their availability “without obvious reasons”, they said.

After visiting 15 polling stations across Hungary on April 3, observers said election procedural rules were strictly adhered to and no violations were committed.

“Hungary’s political, electoral, legal and media environment allows fair and free competition between all political parties and movements. As a result, Hungarians were given the opportunity to exercise their right to vote and elect their representatives to the National Assembly,” the observation mission said.

Photo illustrated by Attila Balázs/MTI

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