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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán cast his ballot in the European parliamentary election at a polling station in Budapest’s western District 12 on Sunday morning.

The prime minister voiced hope that the election would strengthen “anti-migration forces” and that their political leaders would have a greater role in Europe in the next five years.

“Both in terms of voter turnout and our chances I am more than optimistic,” Orbán said. The migrant crisis has greatly changed the world since the last election in 2014, which could be manifested in higher participation in the election, he said, and encouraged voters to contribute.

Orbán said the election would greatly impact domestic politics, too, and added that “I would like to see today’s election results as a point of reference for long years to come”.

Answering a question, Orbán said that Hungary rejects (illegal) migration and wants to see European leaders “working to stop rather than manage migration”. Migration could be stopped both at sea and on land, he said, but added that “many politicians, especially in western Europe, seek to convince people that it cannot be done”.

Issues around migration will lead to political restructuring in Europe, changing the roles of traditional party groupings, Orbán said. “A great question for the future is who will cooperate with whom,” he added.

Answering a question concerning his earlier remarks recommending the Austrian model to Europe, Orbán said that “I have now switched over to the Italian model” because the Austrian model “has expired”.

By 6.30pm on Sunday, 41.74 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots in the European parliamentary election in Hungary.

Turnout was the highest in Vas county (47pc) and the lowest in Hajdu-Bihar county (35.2pc).

Voter participation in Budapest stood at 49.76pc at 6.30pm.

In the 2004 EP election, voter participation reached 36.89 percent at 5pm. In 2009, it stood at 34.90pc and in 2014 at 27.64pc.

Over 8 million people are eligible to vote at 10,277 polling stations across the country until 7pm.

By 5pm on Sunday, 37.06 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots in the European parliamentary election in Hungary.

Turnout was the highest in Vas county (41.5pc) and the lowest in Hajdu-Bihar county (31.3pc).

Voter participation in Budapest stood at 44.1pc at 5pm.

In the 2004 EP election, voter participation reached 32.25 percent at 5pm. In 2009, it stood at 30.25pc and in 2014 at 24.06pc.

By 3pm on Sunday, 30.52 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots in the European parliamentary election in Hungary.

Turnout was the highest in Vas county (33.14pc) and the lowest in Hajdu-Bihar county (25.9pc).

Voter participation in Budapest stood at 36.89pc at 3pm.

Voter participation will be reported next at 5pm.

In the 2004 EP election, voter participation reached 25.50 percent at 3pm. In 2009, it stood at 24.09pc and in 2014 at 19.53pc.

By 1pm on Sunday, 24.01 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballots in the European parliamentary election in Hungary.

Turnout was the highest in Pest county (25.13pc) and the lowest in Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg county (19.39pc).

Voter participation in Budapest stood at 29.06pc at 1pm.

Voter participation will be reported next at 3pm.

In the 2004 EP election, voter participation reached 19.90 percent at 1pm. In 2009, it stood at 19.40pc and in 2014 at 15.90pc.

Some 7.9 million people are eligible to vote at 10,277 polling stations across the country until 7pm. Hungary can elect 21 MEPs to serve in the European Parliament.

Source: MTI

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