The opposition Socialist Party has called on the government to request the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send observers to ensure the transparency of Hungary’s general and European Parliamentary elections next spring. Socialist lawmaker Tibor Szanyi said his party suspected that the ruling Fidesz party was “ready to perpetrate election fraud in all 11,000 constituencies nationwide”. Szanyi insisted that at least 1,000 OSCE observers would be needed, one for every 10 polling stations.
The Socialist politician also lambasted the government for “excluding Hungarians working in other countries from voting.” He insisted that voters that are employed in other countries but who have a permanent address in Hungary are not allowed to vote by mail and are expected to either come back to Hungary or go to a Hungarian embassy to cast their ballot.
Szanyi said, for example, that the Hungarian embassy in London was expected to handle 200,000 voters. “A stadium would not be large enough for so many voters.”