State Secretary Zoltán Kovács has called Hungary’s electoral system “one of the most transparent and least manipulable in Europe”.
Commenting on the latest Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) report in an interview for Demokrata magazine, Kovács said that in January, 20 organizations funded by financier George Soros had instigated the OSCE’s outsized mission to observe the April 3 general election. The OSCE observers were welcome, he said, and the authorities were ready to show them whatever they asked to see. The government, he added, had nothing to hide and there would be no “trickery”. For their part, he said, the OSCE should carry out its tasks “objectively” and according to standard procedures that would foreclose the possibility of employing “double standards”. Kovács said the Hungarian election, like national ballots in all EU member states, would greatly affect how the European Union functions, since democratically elected politicians had the most significant role in the bloc. The election would also help define central Europe more broadly, he said, insisting that the region was by now an alternative to “Brussels’ policy” within the EU.
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