Fidesz MP says party may change electoral laws to guarantee transparency

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Fidesz sees full transparency and fairness as vital during the 2014 election and will consider changing the relevant law, a ruling party MP said on Monday, politics.hu wrote on Tuesday. Rights groups are concerned about the potential for murky voter lists. They want the list of voters by mail and at embassies to be updated daily as well as a guarantee that detailed data on the electorate is put in the public domain. The decree on implementing the law on elections procedures should reflect most of the points raised by these groups, Fidesz lawmaker Gergely Gulyás said, responding to the concerns of Transparency International Hungary, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, the Eötvös Károly Institute, the Political Capital Institute and the Society for Civil Liberties (TASZ). Gulyás also said the election procedures law clearly states that the National Election Committee must supervise the vote-count, when opposition representatives can be present as observers. László Kövér, the speaker, recommended that Szilágyi should be fined 185,520 forints (€626), the maximum, and Karácsony 50,000, according to a posting on Monday on parliament’s website.

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