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Választásirendszer.hu is a site (developed by Political Capital Institute (PC) and Social Development Institute) focused around collecting all available information on the Hungarian electoral law for experts, journalists and all who are interested. The site was launched in September 2011 and is regularly updated with analyses, publications, research and data.

The project is carried out with the support of the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations.

The project is led by Róbert LÁSZLÓ, election specialist, lecturer at National University of Public Service.


  • Party funding and prior registration ahead of the elections
    [ June 5, 2012 | Szerző: László Róbert ]
    Within the ranks of Fidesz, a growing perception of losing the trust of the public has occurred and confidence about an election victory in 2014 is gradually waning. The party leadership is therefore making efforts to improve the election prospects of Fidesz by administrative means (e.g. redrawing electoral districts in a way that is favorable ...
  • Halfway into the Hungarian electoral reform – Electoral law already passed, law on procedure still uncertain
    [ April 19, 2012 | Szerző: Political Capital ]
    PC-FESYou can read the full study here.
  • “The composition of election commissions, the control of legality of both voting and counting process, are much more difficult to organize for out-of-country voting than inside the country”
    [ January 31, 2012 | Szerző: Political Capital ]
    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen speaking about the extension of right to vote to Hungarians living abroad, Croatia is usually labelled as a model to be followed. With a view to learn more about Croatian experiences, Political Capital asked Professor IVAN KOPRIĆ (Faculty of Law, head of the Study Centre for Public Administration and Public Finances, University of Zagreb, ...
  • An Electoral Law Designed to Favour Fidesz – Uma lei eleitoral desenhada à medida do Fidesz
    [ January 17, 2012 | Szerző: Political Capital ]
    Portuguese daily Público released an article based on Political Capital Institute’s analysis. You can find the article here
  • The New Electoral Law in Hungary – In-depth Analysis
    [ January 17, 2012 | Szerző: László Róbert ]
    The new electoral law shifts the election system towards the majoritarian principle, thereby threatening future election results to become even more disproportional when comparing mandate proportions in Parliament to proportions of votes cast for party lists. The tendency per se can however not be interpreted as an injury to democracy. There are two major aspects ...
  • “Only citizens with genuine link to the country should be entitled to vote”
    [ December 11, 2011 | Szerző: Political Capital ]
    AntosIn 2002 and 2006 out-of-country votes had no influence on distribution of seats among Czech parties, however in 2010 one seat moved from one party to the other. MAREK ANTOS, Assistant Professor at Department of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague answered our questions via e-mail. In most EU member countries citizens permanently residing ...
  • Fidesz pushes beyond boundaries of restraint
    [ November 25, 2011 | Szerző: László Róbert ]
    The draft electoral law submitted by János Lázár, leader of the governing party’s caucus, on 20 November can be described as a show of strength. On the majority of points the government has opted for the tougher options. It is not guaranteed, however, that Fidesz will be the party to benefit from all the changes. We ...
  • Debate: Should voting rights be extended to Hungarians abroad?
    [ November 9, 2011 | Szerző: Vendégszerző ]
    Every state has the right to decide whether they wish to grant the right to vote to their citizens residing abroad. Throughout Europe, there are different responses to this problem depending on circumstances, history and the geopolitical environment. As Hungary is drawing up its new electoral system and considers offering the right to take part ...
  • New election system: Nothing is carved in stone
    [ October 18, 2011 | Szerző: László Róbert ]
    Due to conflicting political interests, a sharp debate was under within Fidesz over a proposed electoral law. As it is difficult to foresee shifts in party system in coming years, governing party strategists find it hard to decide which electoral system would offer benefits to the party alliance led by Fidesz at the next one ...
  • Nothing is set in stone
    [ October 14, 2011 | Szerző: László Róbert ]
    Knocking together a new electoral system, Fidesz-style Political Capital Institute and Social Development Institute analyse the reform of the electoral system and report on the operation of the new system and its anticipated consequences with the assistance of the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Foundations. Owing to changing political interests, there has been and still ...
  • The Hungarian Electoral System
    [ September 9, 2011 | Szerző: admin ]
    You can find our summary on the current Hungarian electoral system here.
  • New election system in Hungary: Under construction
    [ July 13, 2011 | Szerző: admin ]
    At its July 9 meeting the Fidesz presidency discussed options for a new election system, although no decision has been reached on key issues. An announcement by MEP János Áder (assigned to coordinate the drafting of the election reform) exposes intense debate within Fidesz as the party is uncertain as to what system would best ...
  • To stand down or not to stand down?
    [ March 11, 2010 | Szerző: admin ]
    The first round of Hungary’s elections on April 11 will fundamentally change the country’s political landscape. The political dividing line may shift radically. The article was published in Budapest Times. Read more
  • Fidesz super-majority possible, but comes with major liability
    [ January 25, 2010 | Szerző: admin ]
    The closer we get to election day, the more we will hear about Fidesz’s chances of winning a two-thirds majority in parliament.  Fidesz’s rivals will try to spook voters with the spectre of party leader Viktor Orbán getting carte blanche to amend the Constitution. The article was published in Budapest Times.