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New Electoral System in the Home Stretch

In July 2013 it seems we have come to the end of a three-year process of electoral reform, but slight modifications may yet follow. Since the three new laws regulating Parliamentary elections (CCIII/2011 Voting Rights Act, XXXVI/2013 Electoral Procedure Act and LXXXVII/2013 Campaign Finance Act) have already been amended several times by the Fidesz-KDNP alliance, it is possible there will be additional changes made during the next Parliamentary session starting September 9. The purpose of the electoral reform is to convert the anticipated ‘relative popular majority’ of the Fidesz-KDNP alliance into an absolute majority in Parliament. If the governing parties can maintain their present advantage over the opposition, they can easily reach this goal in 2014. Most of the electoral reform components are pieces of this puzzle.

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