Parliament amends Hungary’s election law

The amendment was passed with 130 votes in favor, 51 against and 6 abstentions.

Lawmakers have passed an amendment to the local aspects of Hungary’s election law.

According to MTI, parliament’s legislative committee last week approved provisional changes that would see a compensation list awarded in respect of settlements with more than 10,000 people voting in local government elections to parties that nominate candidates in at least two-thirds of individual constituencies. In Budapest, a party that nominates mayoral candidates in at least two-thirds of the districts will be entitled to submit a compensation list. Also, it will no longer be possible to call a by-election one year prior to the local government election if the mandate of an individual constituency MP ends prematurely. Accordingly, a person on the party’s compensation list would step in. Further, interim municipal elections will only be held before next year’s local council elections if a campaign is already underway.