Ethnic Hungarians should vote on individual candidates rather then party lists in Hungary’s next general election, national daily Magyar Nemzet said on Friday, citing Parliamentary Speaker Laszlo Kover as saying.
“I would prefer Hungarian citizens living abroad to send individual deputies to Hungarian Parliament,” Kover said recently at a youth camp, organised for ethnic Hungarians in Szentendre near Budapest. The MPs delegated this way should be independent politicians, he added.
Kover insisted that the system of compensation lists remedying discrepancies in the election system should be retained.
MEP Janos Ader, appointed by Fidesz to coordinate the drafting of the new election law set for approval later this year, proposed on July 9 to introduce a single-round election system featuring both individual candidates and party lists and discarding the national compensation party list, a part of the current election system.
Ader said that Fidesz would make a choice from several options for granting voting rights to Hungarian citizens living abroad in late August.
The electoral reform will be discussed in a meeting of the deputies of the governing Fidesz-Christian Democrat party alliance to start on September 7.