- 2 May 2018 6:45 AM
- Hungary Matters
Speaking at a press conference in Budapest over the weekend, Sándor Rónai, the opposition party’s deputy spokesman, said the National Election Office (NVI) had accepted the final result of the party list vote even though it had been found that the votes cast for opposition party lists had “vanished” in several constituencies.
Rónai said opposition parties had received zero votes on party lists in several constituencies where voters cast up to hundreds of votes for individual candidates of those parties.
As a “typical example of fraud” he mentioned that László Varju, DK’s candidate in a northern Budapest district, received 244 votes but no votes were cast for the party’s list in the same constituency.
Since the governing Fidesz party alone is not affected by “vanishing votes”, these cases cannot be treated as accidental mistakes, he insisted. Rónai said the election was “not only not free and fair” but it also raised the suspicion of “systemic, nationwide election fraud”.
MTI Photo: Balogh Zoltán