Sat . 20 Jul 2020
TR | RU | UK | KK | BE |

Elections in Hungary

parliamentary elections in hungary, presidential elections in hungary
Elections in Hungary are held at two levels: general elections to elect the members of the National Assembly, and local elections to elect local authorities European Parliament elections are also held every 5 years


  • 1 General Elections system between 1990 and 2010
    • 11 First round
    • 12 Second round
  • 2 Changes in the electoral system from 2012 onwards
    • 21 Nomination of candidates
    • 22 Voting
      • 221 Implementation of voting
    • 23 Results
    • 24 By-elections
  • 3 Latest general elections
  • 4 Past elections
  • 5 Composition of the National Assembly since 1990
    • 51 Prime ministers and their governments since 1989
  • 6 Local elections
    • 61 Latest local elections
  • 7 Presidential elections
  • 8 European Parliament elections
  • 9 Referendums
    • 91 Past referendums
  • 10 See also
  • 11 Notes
  • 12 References
  • 13 External links

General Elections system between 1990 and 2010edit

The last National Assembly Országgyűlés elected according to the old system was elected in 2010 and had been working until 2014 The National Assembly had 386 members, elected for a four-year term 176 members were elected in single-seat constituencies, 152 by proportional representation in multi-seat or Regional seat constituencies and there were 58 so-called compensation seats or National list seats For the latter two, an election threshold of 5% is in effect Or in case of two parties' joint list, the threshold is 10%, in case of three or more parties: 15%

General elections in Hungary were held in two rounds until 2010, with a second, run-off round taking place two weeks after the first From 2014 a one-round system replaced the formerly existing system

First roundedit

In the first round, each voter may cast

  • one vote for one candidate running for the seat in the single-seat constituency of his/her residence;
  • one vote for a party list established in the multi-seat constituency of his/her residence

After the polls close:

  • The result in single-seat constituencies where voter turnout was below 50% is declared invalid, and all candidates for the first round enter the second round
  • Any single-seat constituency where turnout was over 50% and one candidate received over 50% of the votes is won by that candidate, and no second round takes place
  • In all remaining single-seat constituencies ie, where turnout exceeded 50% but no candidate received over 50% of votes, the candidates who finished the first three plus any more candidates having received at least 15% of votes may enter the second round a kind of runoff voting
  • The result for multi-seat constituencies where the turnout was over 50% is produced If this means all multi-seat constituencies, the parties passing the election threshold can already be determined together with the distribution of the seats from the multi-seat constituencies

Second roundedit

In the second round, each voter may cast

  • one vote for one candidate still standing in the single-seat constituency if the seat wasn't won in the first round;
  • one vote for a party list in the multi-seat constituency if the first round was invalid due to insufficient turnout

After the polls close:

  • Any seats in single-seat constituencies where turnout was below 25%, or where the first two candidates received an equal number of votes, will remain vacant
  • All other single-seat constituencies will be won by the candidate who received the most votes
  • The result of multi-seat constituencies where turnout was below 25% is declared invalid, and the seats from that constituency are added to the compensation seats
  • The parties passing the threshold are identified based on multi-seat constituencies with a valid result Seats from these constituencies are distributed
  • Parties having passed the threshold are eligible for the compensation seats; these are distributed based on
    • the sum of votes remaining in the multi-seat constituencies after the distribution of the seats, plus
    • the sum of votes cast for losing candidates of each party in the first valid round of each single-seat constituency similar to the scorporo system Since the first valid round is taken into account, votes are still counted for a candidate who is eliminated in the first round, or who steps down after a valid first round in favour of another candidate with more chances to win the second round

Changes in the electoral system from 2012 onwardsedit

The electoral laws were changed in 2012 The first elections to be held according to the new system were organized in 2014 The 2014 elections were held on 6 April The following significant changes had been issued in the electoral system:

  • One round instead of two rounds
  • No 50% or 25% turnout is necessary; formerly, a turnout of 50% was needed for the first round and 25% for the second round
  • 199 seats, decreased from 386, being 516% from before
    • 106 constituency seats, decreased from 176, increased from 456% to 533% of seats
    • 93 party-list seats, including minority-list seats, decreased from the 210 regional list and national list seats which were merged, decreased from 544% to 467% of all seats
  • 5% threshold remains for party lists, 10% threshold for joint list if two parties, 15% threshold for joint list of three or more parties
  • Minorities will be able to set a minority-list, on the elections they only need to reach the 5% threshold out of all minority votes, and not out of all party-list votes, which - practically - makes it possible to send only few minority representatives maybe only one to the National Assembly for about 1% of all votes, minorities can send MPs to the National Assembly

Minorities, that will not reach the 5% threshold out of all minority-list votes, not out of all votes or will not get at least one seat, will be able to send a minority spokesman to the National Assembly from 2014, who has right only to speak but not to vote Note, that getting one seat out of the 93 is much harder for minorities, than reaching the 5% threshold out of the minority votes, because one seat means a little bit more than 1% of all the party- and minority-lists while the 5% of the minority votes is expected much less than 1% of the total votes as there are much less than 20% minority voters This minority spokesman solution gives the opportunity to minorities to speak in the National Assembly even if they cannot gain the approximately 1% of all votes Practically German and Romani minorities have the chance to have MPs, the other 13 minorities will have minority spokesman

  • Constituency bordersbeen changed, partly because of the reduced number of constituencies from 176 to 106, partly because of the demographic changes in the proportion of the population of constituencies in the last 20 years In the old system the population of the smallest constituency was 33077, while the population of the largest one was 98167, which meant that the constituency vote of people living in larger constituencies was worth 3 times less than of those living in smaller constituencies In the new system the difference between the population of the largest and smallest constituencies is lower than 30% 79208 and 109955 and the standard deviation of the population of the constituencies has also reduced from 20% to 8%1 The average population of constituencies used to be 57089 and will be 94789 in 2014 The constituency borders do not necessarily coincide with city or district borders, however they have to coincide with county borders and with the border of Budapest so the 19 counties and Budapest are further divided to constituencies Budapest used to consist of 32 constituencies and will consist of 18 in 2014
  • Registration - although it had been planned previously - will not be generally required for voting2 after being found unconstitutional,3 only those Hungarian citizens will have to register who do not reside in Hungary do not have Hungarian address card, this registration will be valid for 10 years or until the change of address and will be automatically extended in case of voting so practically Hungarian citizens outside Hungary will have to re-register only in case of not voting twice or in case of changing home address

Nomination of candidatesedit

  • general requirement: at least 18 year old, Hungarian citizen
    • for constituency seats: at least 1000 proposal coupons
    • party-list or national-list : parties, that have set candidates in at least 27 constituencies out of the 106 in at least 9 county out of 19 and Budapest
    • minority-list: minority councils can set minority-lists without any restrictions one minority-list per minority
      • minorities, that will be able to set minority-list in 2014: Armenian, Bulgarian, Croatian, German, Greek, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Ruthen, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Ukrainian


On Hungarian elections citizens can vote for a party-list or a minority-list, and in case of residing in Hungary which is checked by showing the address card citizens can also vote for a constituency candidate who will be responsible for the local community in the National Assembly

  • At least 18 year old Hungarian citizens with Hungarian residence
    • one vote for a party-list
    • one vote for a constituency candidate
  • At least 18 year old Hungarian citizens without Hungarian residence
    • one vote for a party-list
  • At least 18 year old Hungarian citizens with Hungarian residence registered as minority voter
    • one vote for a constituency candidate
    • one vote
      • either for a party-list
      • or for a minority-list

Implementation of votingedit

  • at local polling stations
    • Hungarian citizens with Hungarian residence address card staying in Hungary
      • showing the ID card -> being able to vote for a party-list or a minority-list
      • showing the address card -> being able to vote for a constituency candidate
  • at embassies, consulates
    • Hungarian citizens with Hungarian residence address card staying abroad
      • showing the ID card -> being able to vote for a party-list or a minority-list
      • showing the address card -> being able to vote for a constituency candidate
  • by mail
    • Hungarian citizens without Hungarian address card
      • registering for the elections by mail or electronically valid for 10 years or until change of residential address, validity automatically extends by 10 years in case of voting, registered citizens receive the voting sheet only the party-list by mail, which they fulfill and send back to the election office


In case of the 106 constituency seats, the candidate that receives the most votes not necessarily more than 50% in the given constituency, obtains the constituency seat and will be responsible for that local region in the National Assembly In case of the 93 party-list seats, parties receive seats in proportion to the votes received out of all the party-list and minority-list votes These numbers of seats obtained by the parties are calculated according to the D'Hondt method after checking out whether the party has reached the 5% threshold out of all the party-list votes and whether the minority has reached the 5% threshold out of all minority votes If a minority-lists cannot obtain at least one seat then the first candidate on the minority-list will be minority spokesman, who has right to speak in the National Assembly but is not allowed to vote

It is possible that the same person is a constituency candidate and a party-list candidate in the same time If this person has obtained the seat in their constituency and would also obtain a seat because of the party-list that they are listed on then the next candidate in the party-list replaces the candidate that already has obtained a constituency seat So for example someone being the 50th on a party-list can obtain a seat in the National Assembly even if their party has only won 30 party-list seats, if at least 20 candidates listed earlier than them win in their local constituency this rule has simplified as there is no county level between the constituency level and the national level

Generally big parties place their most important national level politicians only on the party-lists, because these people want to deal only with national level issues like becoming minister They represent citizens who voted for their parties and not the citizens of their local community, which is the responsibility of those MP-s that obtain constituency seats On the other hand, leaders of small parties usually qualify both on their party-lists and in their local constituencies because of maximizing votes; the leader of a small party might be much more famous or much more popular than an ordinary local politician of a big party


Main article: List of Hungarian by-elections

A by-election is an election held to fill a constituency seat that has become vacant between regularly scheduled elections In case of the vacancy of a party-list seat, the next person on the list that is still interested, gets to the National Assembly4 This rule has not changed Note, that by-elections from 2012 are held according to the new system, so only one round is held and no minimum turnout is needed, while the constituencies are the same until 2014

Latest general electionsedit

Main article: Hungarian parliamentary election, 2014

e  d Summary of the 6 April 2014 election to the National Assembly Országgyűlés
Parties and coalitions Party list Constituency Total seats
Votes  % +/− Seats Votes Seats Seats +/−  % +/−
Fidesz–KDNP party alliance
Fidesz–KDNP pártszövetség
Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union Fidesz
Fidesz – Magyar Polgári Szövetség
2,264,780 4487 786 30 2,165,342 87 117 110 6683 13
Christian Democratic People's Party KDNP
Kereszténydemokrata Néppárt
7 9 16 20
Hungarian Socialist Party MSZP
Magyar Szocialista Párt
1,290,806 2557 627 21 1,317,879 8 29 30 1910 382
Together – Party for a New Era Együtt
Együtt – A Korszakváltók Pártja
New 2 1 3 New
Democratic Coalition DK
Demokratikus Koalíció
3 1 4
Dialogue for Hungary PM
Párbeszéd Magyarországért
1 0 1
Hungarian Liberal Party MLP
Magyar Liberális Párt
1 0 1
Movement for a Better Hungary Jobbik
Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom
1,020,476 2022 355 23 1,000,637 0 23 24 1156 062
Politics Can Be Different LMP
Lehet Más a Politika
269,414 534 214 5 244,191 0 5 11 251 164
Hungarian Workers' Party
Magyar Munkáspárt
28,323 056 045 0 12,716 0 0 0 0 0
The Homeland Not For Sale Movement Party HNEM
A Haza Nem Eladó Mozgalom Párt
23,507 047 New 0 23,037 0 0 New 0 0
Alliance of Mária Seres SMS
Seres Mária Szövetségesei
22,219 044 045 0 20,229 0 0 0 0 0
Party of Greens Greens
Zöldek Pártja
18,557 037 037 0 9,392 0 0 0 0 0
Social Democratic Hungarian Civic Party Soc Dems
Szociáldemokraták Magyar Polgári Pártja
15,073 03 022 0 12,232 0 0 0 0 0
Together 2014 Party
Együtt 2014 Párt
14,085 028 New 0 6,361 0 0 New 0 0
Party for a Fit and Healthy Hungary SEM
Sportos és Egészséges Magyarországért Párt
12,563 025 New 0 11,746 0 0 New 0 0
Community for Social Justice People's Party KTI
Közösség a Társadalmi Igazságosságért Néppárt
10,969 022 New 0 10,551 0 0 New 0 0
Democratic Community of Welfare and Freedom JESZ
Jólét és Szabadság Demokratikus Közösség
9,925 02 New 0 13,051 0 0 New 0 0
Gypsy Party of Hungary MCP
Magyarországi Cigány Párt
8,810 017 New 0 9,030 0 0 New 0 0
Independent Smallholders Party FKGP
Független Kisgazdapárt
8,083 016 016 0 7,175 0 0 0 0 0
Unity Party ÖP
Összefogás Párt
6,552 013 006 0 6,887 0 0 0 0 0
New Dimension Party ÚDP
Új Dimenzió Párt
2,100 004 New 0 1,706 0 0 New 0 0
New Hungary Party ÚMP
Új Magyarország Párt
1,578 003 New 0 2,018 0 0 New 0 0
Others and Independent candidates 34,432 0 0 1 0 026
13 minority lists needed 22,022 votes/list for a mandate 19,543 038
Total turnout 6173% 263pp 5,047,363 100% 93 4,908,608 106 199 187 100%
Source: National Election Office 10000% reporting

Past electionsedit

Main article: Hungarian parliamentary election, 2010

The previous general elections 2010 in the country resulted in an overwhelming majority win for the conservative opposition party Fidesz which gained a 2/3 supermajority by winning the 68% of the seats 527% of the votes, as well the dramatic rise of the far-right newcomers Jobbik 122% of seats, 167% of votes, who were just 25% short of the former ruling Hungarian Socialist Party 153% of seats, 193% of votes

The green liberal, social progressivist Politics Can Be Different 41% of seats, 75% of votes was also newcomer, while the liberal conservative formerly parliamentary Hungarian Democratic Forum 27% of votes could not achieve the 5% threshold, and the formerly parliamentary and also member of the coalition government before 2009 Alliance of Free Democrats was not able to run on the election because of the large decrease of popularity

This election has changed the balance of power in the National Assembly of Hungary the most significantly since the end of the communist one-party system, as two brand new political forces could have got to the National Assembly while two formerly parliamentary parties fell out and the support of previous ruling party had significantly decreased from 482% to 153% of seats, from 403% to 193% of votes

Composition of the National Assembly since 1990edit

33 93 21 21 164 44 10
209 69 20 22 38 26 2
134 24 148 17 48 14 1
178 20 164 24
190 20 141 23 11 1
59 16 227 36 47 1
29 9 5 117 16 23
  MSZP   SZDSZ   LMP   MDF   KDNP   FKGP   Fidesz   MIÉP   Jobbik   for Somogy   Independent

Figure shows the inaugural session of the terms Later few changes can happen For example, in 1993, the nationalist-radicalist members of MDF quit the party and founded the MIÉP which had got to the National Assembly only once in 1998 In 2011 some MSZP members quit the party led by former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and founded the DK In some instances vacancy happens In case of the vacancy of the constituency seats by-elections must be held in the mentioned constituency, which may change the composition of the National Assembly

Prime ministers and their governments since 1989edit

Parties   MSZMP / MSZP   Fidesz   MDF   Independent

# Picture Name From Until Political Party Cabinet Assembly
Miklós Németh
23 October 1989 23 May 1990 MSZP Németh
35 József Antall 23 May 1990 12 December 1993
MDF Antall
1 1990
36 Péter Boross
12 December 1993 21 December 1993 MDF Boross
Péter Boross 21 December 1993 15 July 1994
37 Gyula Horn 15 July 1994 8 July 1998 MSZP Horn
2 1994
38 Viktor Orbán 8 July 1998 27 May 2002 Fidesz Orbán I
3 1998
39 Péter Medgyessy 27 May 2002 29 September 2004
Independent Medgyessy
4 2002
40 Ferenc Gyurcsány 29 September 2004 9 June 2006 MSZP Gyurcsány I
9 June 2006 14 April 2009
Gyurcsány II
5 2006
41 Gordon Bajnai 14 April 2009 29 May 2010 Independent Bajnai
38 Viktor Orbán 29 May 2010 6 June 2014 Fidesz Orbán II
6 2010
9 June 2014 Incumbent Orbán III
7 2014

1 SZDSZ left the Gyurcsány II Cabinet on 20 April 2008 and kept supporting it externally

2 The Bajnai Cabinet was supported externally by SZDSZ

Local electionsedit

Elections for mayors and municipalities Hungarian: Helyi önkormányzati választások occur every four years in the autumn following the general elections On the local elections, the following are elected directly by the voters:

in Budapest

  • Lord Mayor of Budapest now since 2010: István Tarlós, between 1990 and 2010: Gábor Demszky
  • members of the City Council of Budapest since 2010: 33, 1994-2010: 66, 1990-1994: 88
    • voters vote for party-lists
  • Mayors of the districts of Budapest
  • members of the District Council
    • districts of Budapest are divided to election zones not to be confused with the constituencies of the country, and voters can vote for one of the candidates representing their election zone in the District Council

in the towns/cities with county rank:

  • Mayor of the town/city
  • members of the Town/City Council
    • voters vote for party-lists

in the counties excluding towns/cities with county rank:

  • members of the County Council
    • voters vote for party-lists
  • Mayors of the cities, towns, villages
  • members of the City/Town/Village Council
    • cities, towns and villages larger than 10000 inhabitants are divided to election zones not to be confused with the constituencies of the country, and voters can vote for one of the candidates representing their election zone in the City/Town Council
    • towns and villages smaller than 10000 inhabitants are not divided to election zones, in these villages voters can choose as many candidates out of all the candidates as many seats there are in the Village Council, so for instance in a Village Council, where 7 seats are available and there are 15 candidates, the voters can vote for 1 to 7 candidates Exception if the village is administratively part of a town or city, in this case the village has got one seat in the Town/City Council and villagers can only vote for one candidate representing their village in the Town/City Council just like in case of the election zones of the towns and cities In this case the village is considered to be one of the election zones of the town/city

The chairman of the County Council is elected by the members of the Council, unlike the Lord Mayor of Budapest or the Mayors of towns/cities with county rank, which are elected directly by people

Latest local electionsedit

Main article: Hungarian local elections, 2010

The last but one election of local authorities took place in 2006 amidst the protests and demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány

Presidential electionsedit

The President of Hungary, who has a largely ceremonial role under the country's constitution, is elected by the members of the National Assembly to serve for a term of five years maximum two times, and has to quit their political party if they have one in order to be impartial and able to express the unity of the nation so the "Political Party" column refers to their party membership, prior to becoming president

Presidents of Hungary:

# Picture Name From Until Political party Notes
Mátyás Szűrös 18 October 1989 2 May 1990 Hungarian Socialist Party MSZP interim president

until the formation of the first freely elected National Assembly

1 Árpád Göncz 2 May 1990 4 August 2000 Alliance of Free Democrats SZDSZ president of the republic
2 Ferenc Mádl 4 August 2000 5 August 2005 Non-partisan president of the republic
3 László Sólyom 5 August 2005 6 August 2010 Non-partisan president of the republic
4 Pál Schmitt 6 August 2010 2 April 2012
Fidesz president of the republic
László Kövér 2 April 2012 10 May 2012 Fidesz acting president
5 János Áder 10 May 2012 Incumbent Fidesz president of the republic

Parties   Hungarian Socialist Party MSZP   Alliance of Free Democrats SZDSZ   Fidesz

The non-partisan Ferenc Mádl had been elected by the Fidesz-FKgp-MDF government in 2000, while the also non-partisan László Sólyom former President of the Constitutional Court had been elected president as the opposition Fidesz's and MDF's candidate in 2005 The minor party of the coalition government SZDSZ did not support the superior coalition government party's MSZP candidate, therefore Mr Sólyom could win as an opposition candidate

European Parliament electionsedit

Since the EU expansion to Romania and Bulgaria, Hungary delegates 22 members to the European Parliament based on the Nice treaty Any EU citizens with residence in Hungary have the right to vote for a party-list In case of the EU elections there are no constituency votes

The latest EP election in Hungary took place on 7 June 2009, which was the second one at all, after the 2004 EP election, which took place on 13 June 2004, bit more than a month after the EU expansion to 10 Eastern European countries


Summary of the 2004 and 2009 European Parliament elections
Parties Votes 2004 % 2004 Seats 2004 Votes 2009 % 2009 Seats 2009 Difference
National Party European party
Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Union Fidesz5 EPP 1,457,750 4740 12 1,632,309 56,36 14 +2
Hungarian Socialist Party MSZP PES 1,054,921 3430 9 503,140 17,37 4 -5
Jobbik none did not run - - 427,773 14,77 3 +3
Hungarian Democratic Forum MDF ECR 164,025 533 1 153,660 531 1 0
Politics Can Be Different LMP6 none did not exist - - 75,522 261 0 -
Alliance of Free Democrats SZDSZ ELDR 237,908 774 2 62,527 216 0 -2
Hungarian Communist Workers' Party Munkáspárt none7 56,221 183 0 27,817 096 0 0
Gypsy Alliance Party MCF none did not run - - 13,431 046 0 -
Total turnout 36,31%8 3,075,450 1000 24 2,896,179 1000 22
Source: Valasztashu


The Constitution of Hungary prescribes two ways to hold a referendum Article 89:

  • Parliament shall order a national referendum upon the motion of at least two hundred thousand electors
  • Parliament may order a national referendum upon the motion of the President of the Republic, the Government or one hundred thousand electors

The Constitution imposes a number of prohibitions on matters on which a referendum can be held, including amending Constitution, budget, taxing, obligations from international agreements, military operations, etc9

Required voter turnout for the referendum to be valid is 50% The decision made by a referendum is binding on the Parliament9

Past referendumsedit

There was one referendum in People's Republic of Hungary: referendum of 1989 There were 4 questions, all 4 passed

There were 5 referendums in modern Hungary:

  • Presidential election referendum in 1990 1 question, failed because of low voter turnout
  • NATO membership referendum in 1997 1 question, passed
  • European Union membership referendum in 2003 1 question, passed
  • Dual citizenship referendum in 2004 2 questions, both failed because of low voter turnout
  • Fees abolishment referendum in 2008 3 question, all passed
  • Hungarian migrant quota referendum, 2016 in 2016 1 question, failed because of low voter turnout

See alsoedit

  • List of Hungarian by-elections
  • Electoral calendar
  • Electoral system
  • International Criticism of Fourth Amendment of the 2011 Constitution



  1. ^ "Az új választókerületek népesség-arányai" 
  2. ^ "Under pressure, Hungary PM drops contested voting rules" Reuters 4 January 2013 
  3. ^ "Hungarian voter registration found unconstitutional" 
  4. ^ "10 A megüresedett mandátum betöltése" Nemzeti Választási Iroda - in Hungarian 
  5. ^ Common list with the Christian Democratic People's Party KDNP in the 2009 election
  6. ^ Common list with the Humanist Party HP
  7. ^ The Hungarian Communist Workers' Party left the European Left in May
  8. ^ In the previous election in 2004 turnout was 385%
  9. ^ a b c "The Fundamental Law of Hungary" PDF Retrieved 2013-11-02 

External linksedit

  • National Election Office Hungary
  • Politicshu - English-language resource about Hungarian politics
  • NSD: European Election Database - Hungary
  • Adam Carr's Election Archive
  • Parties and elections

elections in hungary 2018, national elections in hungary, next elections in hungary, parliamentary elections in hungary, presidential elections in hungary

Elections in Hungary Information about

Elections in Hungary

  • user icon

    Elections in Hungary beatiful post thanks!


Elections in Hungary
Elections in Hungary
Elections in Hungary viewing the topic.
Elections in Hungary what, Elections in Hungary who, Elections in Hungary explanation

There are excerpts from wikipedia on this article and video

Random Posts

Body politic

Body politic

The body politic is a metaphor that regards a nation as a corporate entity,2 likened to a human body...


Kakamega is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator It is the headquarte...
Academic year

Academic year

An academic year is a period of time which schools, colleges and universities use to measure a quant...
Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia

Lucrezia Borgia Italian pronunciation: luˈkrɛttsja ˈbɔrdʒa; Valencian: Lucrècia Borja luˈkrɛsia...