Budapest (MTI) – The radical nationalist Jobbik party is planning to submit a proposal to parliament to make it easier for Hungarians living abroad to cast their votes.
Deputy party leader Istvan Szavay told a press conference on Saturday that over the past few years, hundreds of thousands of Hungarians have moved abroad as “economic refugees”. Some of these people had to travel hundreds or perhaps thousands of kilometres to the closest Hungarian embassy or consulate to cast their vote in the elections, he added.
According to Szavay, at the latest meeting of the Hungarian Permanent Conference, the ruling parties and the opposition expressed their agreement with Jobbik’s proposal. He said the party therefore trusts that parliament will accept Jobbik’s proposal and ask the government to prepare the relevant legislation.
Jobbik proposes that voting by post or electronically should be accepted but it is also open to additional proposals, Szavay said.
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