Election '14: Fót revote ordered; Gypsy Party readies

Elections

Though the candidate of opposition coalition of MSzP and Together 2014-Dialogue for Hungary (E14-PM), István Takács, appeared to have won last weekend’s by-election in Fót, a court has ruled that, due to violation of campaigning rules, the ballots must be recast.

A 29% voter turnout appeared to have given the win to Takács, who earned 1,116 votes; Fidesz-supported Pál Földi finished fourth in the field of five candidates. However, after up to five improprieties in campaigning were reported, a complaint filed by Jobbik party members – having to do with bussing in voters, an act of which Fidesz had been found guilty of prior to the September by-election in Baja, invalidating the first round of results there – was found legitimate by a Pest County court and thus the by-election will be rerun.

The by-election was a result of the September resignation of Erzsébet Cselőtei, the third Fidesz mayor to resign the post in the past five years.

MCP readies manifesto, candidates for 2014
The Hungarian Gypsy Party (MCP) has announced it will field candidates in all Hungarian constituencies in the 2014 national elections.

A party manifesto describes MCP’s purpose as addressing the fact that “it is time that Gypsies realized that they do not belong to the right or to the left. No one wants us Gypsies.” The party further seeks to represent all Hungary’s poor “[because] in the eyes of those in power today, anyone who is poor is a Gypsy.”

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