(MTI) – A total of 31 national party lists had been submitted to the National Election Office (NVI) by the Tuesday afternoon deadline. Additionally, all 13 national minorities had also submitted their lists.
Accordingly, a record number of national lists — 44 in all — is expected to apply in this year’s national election scheduled for April 6. The 31 parties concerned include the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance, the opposition left-of-centre Unity alliance (comprising the Socialist Party, Together – Party for a New Era, Democratic Coalition, Dialogue for Hungary and the Liberal Party), the radical nationalist Jobbik and the green Politics Can Be Different (LMP). Non-parliamentary forces entering a national list include the Social Democratic Civic Party, the Democratic Community of Welfare and Freedom (the successor to the Hungarian Democratic Forum MDF), the Homeland Not For Sale Party, Maria Seres’s Allies and ex-Socialist Katalin Szili’s Community for Social Justice.
The 13 national minority lists were submitted by the Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, German, Greek, Polish, Roma, Romanian, Ruthenian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian and Ukrainian communities.
Under Hungary’s election law, parties that enter individual candidates in at least 27 constituencies in nine counties and Budapest can field a national list. Should it turn out that a party submitting a national list has fewer candidates than that, its name will not be put on the voting slip. Until 7pm on Tuesday, NVI has registered 1,269 individual candidates in the 106 constituencies. Fidesz, Unity and Jobbik will enter a candidate in each constituency, followed by LMP with 97 constituencies.