Hungary’s electoral process and the ruling parties’ excessive resources undermined contestants’ ability to compete on an equal basis in Sunday’s general election, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said on Monday.
Voters had the option to choose from a number of candidates, but “intimidating and xenophobic rhetoric, media bias and opaque campaign financing” hindered real political debate, OSCE election monitor Douglas Wake told a press conference assessing the ballot.
Gergely Gulyas, group leader of ruling Fidesz, said in reaction that the OSCE had “overstepped its authority” with some of its findings.
“It’s not within the OSCE’s remit to express an opinion about the Hungarian election campaign, and wrangling with the ruling parties that oppose migration and voicing an opinion on the government’s campaign is especially uncalled for,”
Gulyas told MTI.
“Opposing immigration is not xenophobia but rather a life instinct,” he said. Gulyas noted, at the same time, that the OSCE had found that all citizens had been guaranteed their constitutional fundamental right to vote. “Fidesz fully agrees with this,” he added. He said the ruling party also agreed with the finding that the election had been conducted transparently and professionally.
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