Hungary Ruling Party Backs One-Round Election, Nepszabadsag Says
Hungary’s ruling party wants to replace the current two-round electoral system with a single- round system and give ethnic Hungarian citizens living abroad partial voting rights, Nepszabadsag said, without citing anyone.
County lists would be replaced by a national list for which voters could opt while slots on a local-district candidate list would be reduced to between 90 and 110 from the current 176, the daily reported. Ethnic Hungarians living abroad without permanent residency in Hungary would be able to vote for the national list only, Nepszabadsag said.
Political parties would need to collect 1,500 “recommendation slips” in 21 days to field a candidate in a local district election, double the current amount, the daily said.
Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party, which has a two-thirds majority in Parliament, is overhauling the election law as part of a new Constitution which will take effect in 2012.
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