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24th May, 2019

Opposition short of election monitors

The opposition parties will not be able to send delegates to monitor the vote counting at 2,500 polling stations on Sunday, website 24 reports.

The website says that the biggest lesson of last year’s parliamentary elections is that a necessary albeit insufficient condition in preventing conspiracy theories related to election fraud is to make sure that well-prepared opposition delegates alongside the government side are present in all polling stations.

The parties vowed that it would not happen again that no opposition delegate will be present alongside every ballot box, yet this will happen on Sunday.

Data requested by Political Capital show that the opposition parties will have more delegates than the number of polling stations. However, they will not be present at 2,495 places. This is partly due to the lack of opposition co-ordination, and partly to the fact that in small villages very few people openly undertake to be committed to the opposition and even fewer people can be persuaded to do so far from their home.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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