Unconstitutional and illegitimate changes in the system of municipal representation

The modification of the municipal representation of the Hungarian capital, enacted on 10 June 2014, violates the basic principles of constitutionality and flies in the face of international norms and good practices on electoral rights.

The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, and the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute opine that the modification of the municipal representation of the Hungarian capital, enacted on 10 June 2014, violates the basic principles of constitutionality and flies in the face of international norms and good practices on electoral rights. The new electoral law was accepted, in a procedure of urgency, after a mere 11 days after it was proposed by the governing forces with a motion of urgency. The recently codified modifications call into question the legitimacy of any future elections conducted according to the new rules of political competition, which have been unilaterally changed by the governing parties only a few months preceding the municipal elections, clearly adjusted to the outcome of the latest elections, and in violation of the equality of the right to vote.

The detailed analysis by the three NGOs can be downloaded here.

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Hungarian Helsinki Committee