Karácsony Still Winner of Budapest Mayoral Election After Recount


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After checking the invalid votes in the Budapest mayoral election, the National Election Commission declared Gergely Karácsony as the winner by 41 votes, according to state news wire MTI.

Róbert Sasvári, chairman of the commission, said that 112 valid votes were found for Gergely Karácsony, 395 for Dávid Vitézy, and 53 for András Grundtner among the recounted ballots, which was not enough to overturn the gap between Karácsony and Vitézy.

The National Election Commission therefore upheld the decision of the Metropolitan Election Committee establishing the result of the election of the Mayor of Budapest.

In addition, the commission rejected another appeal by Dávid Vitézy, who had asked for the annulment of the results of the elections in districts IV and VII and for the election to be repeated. In his petition, he claimed that in the two districts, ballot papers were used on which there was little or no indication about the withdrawal of Fidesz-KDNP candidate Alexandra Szentkirályi. In his view, the infringement of the law had an effect on the result of the election.

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