The opposition Socialist Party on Monday said it would file a criminal complaint against House Speaker László Kövér for electoral fraud after an audio recording of him surfaced talking about the government’s motives in the redrawing of the boundaries of election districts.
In the audio recording that surfaced late last week on news blog Reflektor, the house speaker can be heard saying that there had been “some geographical juggling” on the government’s part when it redrew constituency boundaries in the 2012 electoral bill.
Speaking at a press conference, Socialist Party board member Balázs Bárány said the recording of Kövér could be taken as a confession that Fidesz had “cheated” in the 2014 election.
Bárány said there were no historical, cultural or geographical reasons behind the current voting district boundaries. “The goal is clear: the vote of a Fidesz voter has to be worth more than that of someone who votes for the opposition,” Bárány said.
“Now that László Kövér has admitted that one of the concerns at the time was valid, it might be worthwhile talking about the other concerns, too,” Barany said. One of the examples he cited was that the current election law “differentiates between voters based on their being an ethnic Hungarian living beyond the border or a young Budapest resident who had fled to London”.
Bárány said Fidesz was “terrified” of losing voters and was now looking to “fill the gap” in its base.
He said most Hungarians wanted change, adding that the way to bring about change would be to vote for the Socialist-Párbeszed alliance in the April election.
Jobbik‘s spokeperson said:
Parliament Speaker László Kövér’s leaked speech has busted Fidesz real bad. We have always suspected that the corrupt governing party was driven by nothing but its own political advantage when they redrew the boundaries of electorates. Based on the earlier district distribution Fidesz would not have had a two-thirds majority in 2014, that’s why they gerrymandered the electorates and cancelled the two-round election system. László Kövér has just confirmed that when it comes to money and power, Fidesz refrains from nothing, not even election fraud or false propaganda.