It is almost certain that a mixed electoral system will be maintained in Hungary, and the debate within the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance now only concerns the number of individual constituencies and the number of election rounds, Magyar Nemzet daily said on Wednesday.
Fidesz deputy leader Lajos Kosa confirmed to the paper that the governing coalition would submit a bill to parliament on a new election law in the autumn that stipulates a mixed electoral system – a blend of individual voting districts and national lists.
It has also been decided that Hungarian citizens living abroad will have the option to cast their ballots for a single national list representing Hungary as one constituency, Kosa said.
It is still being debated within Fidesz whether the new law should set 106, 110 or 128 individual constituencies, instead of the previously planned 90, the paper said, referring to an earlier draft concept unveiled last May.
The increase in the number of individual constituencies would reduce the number of remaining mandates to be cast for national lists (78) and in a compensation system (30), provided that altogether 198 deputies are elected into Hungary’s next parliament, which will be smaller than the current 386 seats, the paper said.