Referring to the election campaign, PM Viktor Orbán accused in an interview this morning the united opposition of handling voters’ data in a way that amounted to “massive election fraud”.
“This is a serious matter.” He insisted that the opposition parties were unlawfully obtaining the personal data of “hundreds of thousands” and sending them political messages without their consent. “This is not only election fraud but concerns issues around freedom, too,” he said, adding that the “serious violation” called for “a thorough investigation”.
Orbán said an “unnatural alliance” had been set up in which “the fascist wing and the communist wing have both preserved their independence” within the opposition.
The parties abandoned “important moral and political standards and their self-identity,” he said. “An alliance has been created with the sole purpose of seizing power,” he added.
So far, 184,000 Hungarian citizens without permanent residency in Hungary have posted mail-in votes or lodged them with Hungarian embassies ahead of Hungary’s general election, the National Election Office (NVI) said.
According to the NVI, 456,000 people with dual Hungarian citizenship living beyond the border have registered for the election. The office added that 33,600 of the votes have been sent by post, while over 150,000 have been dropped off at Hungarian foreign representations.
The NVI has been verifying the identity of voters based on their statements attached to the votes and has so far approved 86,655 valid documents. Mail-in votes must arrive at the election office before 7 pm on the day of the election.