Áder sets date of local elections for Oct. 12

Elections

Hungarian President János Áder has set the date of Hungary's 2014 local elections for October 12, 2014. The July 21 ruling of the Constitutional Court created an unambiguous and clear situation in the legal regulation of local elections, a statement published on the website of the Presidential Office said yesterday.

Monday's ruling upheld legislative amendments passed by Parliament on June 10. Under this ruiling, the mayor of Budapest as well as 23 district mayors and nine councillors from compensation lists will make up the city assembly.

The top court, however, threw out the method of calculating votes for the nine councillors from compensation lists. The top court scrutinised the law at the initiative of opposition deputies who criticised the legislation, which eliminated the earlier system of councillors being directly elected, and which is seen by the opposition as violating the principle of equal voting rights.

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