Apr 08, 2018

All you need to know about Hungary’s parliamentary election

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There are six main parties running in the 2018 general election:

Fidesz-KDNP (a coalition with the Christian Democratic People’s Party) led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

MSZP-Dialogue (coalition) led by Gergely Karácsony.

Jobbik led by Gábor Vona.

LMP led by Bernadett Szél.

DK led by Ferenc Gyurcsány.

Egyutt led by Viktor Szigetvári.

There are 199 seats in the National Assembly, 106 of them are elected in single-member electoral districts and the remaining 93 come from national party lists. 100 seats are needed for a majority.

In 2014, Fidesz-KDNP managed to secure a two-thirds majority for a second consecutive term with 44.87 percent of the votes.

Opinion polls for the 2018 election place the Fidesz-KDNP alliance in first place with 49.7 percent of the votes, Jobbik is placed second with 17.6 percent and MSZP in third place with 12.4 percent.

Hungarian voters will go to the polls on Sunday to elect not only a new parliament but also their prime minister.

Citizens are assigned to voting stations based on their place of residence. A map of all voting stations is available here.

Polling stations open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Those who have arrived at the polling stations by 7 p.m. but are still queuing can cast their votes beyond the deadline. However, no more voters will be allowed to join the queue after 7 p.m.

Upon entering the polling station and presenting proper identification to verify their voter eligibility, voters are given a ballot where they can place two marks: one next to the preferred candidate running in their electoral district and a second one next to the national party list of their choice. Eligible voters with a residence outside Hungary may vote only for the national party lists. Here’s a look at this year’s ballot.

Once the polls have closed, the vote counters begin processing the ballots. Preliminary results will then roll out gradually with the pre-final results likely to be declared at around midnight.

In the rare case of highly contested districts where only a few votes separate the candidates, recounts may occur. In that case, the announcement of the final, official results may be delayed.

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