Really high turnout at the Hungarian elections

According to a poll conducted by Median in the last two days, Fidesz can lose its 2/3 majority in the parliament. The polls closed at 7pm.

By 6.30pm, 68.13 percent of all voters, over 5.36 million people, had cast their ballot in Hungary’s parliamentary election, the National Election Office (NVI) reported. Turnout was the highest (71.94 percent) in Vas County, in the west, and the lowest (63.55 percent) in Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen County, in the northeast. Turnout in Budapest was 72.75 percent. The NVI did not report a turnout figure at 6.30pm four years ago. The office says the final turnout figure is expected to be published late in the evening.

While opposition politicians say that the high turnout increases their chances to outseat the ruling Fidesz-KDNP alliance, journalists and analysts refrain from early guesses. According to the data, mobilisation can be successful in the rural areas too, where Fidesz is traditionally stronger than in the bigger cities. A very high turnout can be dangerous for those parties whose support is close to the threshold.

In an interview with Origo.hu, Prime Minister Viktor Orban called on voters to “make a great, common decision not to allow migrants to enter Hungary, and to protect the country.” He warned that “Brussels is planning to settle 10,000 migrants in Hungary in 2018”. He said that US billionaire George “Soros’s supporters will all vote; let us turn up, too!” “Everybody should go and cast both votes for (ruling) Fidesz,” he added.

At stake in Hungary’s parliamentary election is whether we can “protect our Christian civilisation”, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen, head of the co-ruling Christian Democrats, told reporters after casting his ballot in Budapest’s 2nd district. Semjen thanked ethnic Hungarians many of whom have registered to vote and said it was “moving” to see their “faithfulness to their Hungarian identity, 100 years after the (post-WWI peace treaty) Trianon, despite all persecution and humiliation”. 

After casting his vote in Budapest’s 14th district, Socialist-Dialogue PM candidate Gergely Karacsony said that the high turnout was a “sign of encouragement” to those that wanted to see a different government.

The strongest opposition party, Jobbik’s PM candidate Gabor Vona voted in his hometown, Gyongyos. Vona said that Sunday’s ballot “will decide Hungary’s future for at least the next two generations”. “At stake at today’s ballot is whether or not Hungary will become a country of emigrants”, he said.

The opposition LMP party “has prepared a programme for the 21st century and works with politicians who cannot give but good to the country,” Bernadett Szel, LMP’s co-leader and PM candidate, told reporters after casting her ballot in Budakeszi, outside Budapest

The article will be updated.

Source: Hungary Journal/MTI
Photo: MTI

 

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