OSCE to send observers to 2014 elections
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will receive a formal invitation from the government to observe the 2014 general elections. The announcement comes as the cabinet remains under international pressure and also faces domestic criticism from the political opposition regarding the new election system.
Opposition representatives have continued to raise concerns about the new system to be used for the first time in 2014 – drafted fully by the Fidesz government in power – and the fairness of the upcoming vote. European institutions have also voiced concerns that the revised system is clearly biased to favor the political parties in power.
Representatives of Fidesz and the right wing press quickly played down the significance of OSCE presence, saying it’s a run-of-the-mill matter given Hungary’s membership in the group.
The upcoming election represents the first time since 2006 that a vote is scrutinized in Hungary. At that time, the OSCE deemed that the maturity and operation of the Hungarian system meets international standards and no longer required external monitoring.
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