The opposition Jobbik party plans to introduce electronic voting from 2022 if it wins next year’s election, party leader Gábor Vona said on Monday.
Emigration is one of the most serious problems that Hungary currently faces and its consequences include the demographic crisis as well as tensions in the social security system and the labour market, he told a press conference. A message needs to be sent to the hundreds of thousands who have left Hungary to make them aware that “we rely on them and have not forgotten about them”, he added.
Vona criticised the government for its failure to offer the opportunity of voting by mail to everyone affected, only to ethnic Hungarians living abroad. He said the government’s opposition to voting by mail must be motivated by party policy interests.
Vona asked Hungarians living abroad to go to Hungary’s embassies and consulates and cast their votes next year.
He promised the introduction of electronic voting by 2022 if his party comes to power next year. He cited the example of Estonia which has already taken that step.
Asked about security concerns, Vona said he was certain that secrecy could be maintained and that electronic voting would greatly simplify the voting procedure.
As we wrote before, Jobbik party would prohibit anyone from being elected prime minister for more than eight years in Hungary, Vona said.
A year ago, representatives of Jobbik and the green opposition LMP met to discuss potential amendments to Hungary’s election system.