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Cote counting at the National Election Office | Lajos Soós / MTI

Invalid referendum in Hungary

D&T
October 3, 2016

Only about 43,5% of the over eight million people eligible to vote cast a NO vote at a referendum to the government's question allowing EU quotas for migrants' settlement into Hungary, therefore, the result is invalid as the validity limit is 50%.

"Do you want the European Union to be able to mandate the obligatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary even without the approval of the National Assembly?"

That was the question at the government-initiated referendum this Sunday. Those voting overwhelmingly said NO. The right wing opposition party Jobbik agrees with the result but calls for tPM Vikor Orbán's resignation because of the invalidity of the vote that cost - together with campaign costs - appr. HUF 16 billion (some EUR 52 million).

One reason for the low voter turnout is that other opposition parties called for people to stay home and not support Viktor Orbán's government in its anti-EU initiatives.

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