Hungary’s National Election Committee (NVB) has registered new parties ahead of the European Parliament election. The committee voted unanimously to register LMP, the Roma Equality Party and the Party of Democrats. Meanwhile, it rejected the Momentum Movement with three opposition votes because the address on the application form was not the same as the one contained in the court register and because the legal right of representation by the applicant, András Fekete-Győr, expired last summer. Previously, the committee had registered 14 parties for the May 26 EP election.
Also at the committee’s meeting, objections raised by the Párbeszéd party to the government’s recent billboard campaign were rejected in a 5-3 vote. This came on the heels of the committee’s rejection of formal objections against the posters depicting European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker raised by the Democratic Coalition and the Momentum parties. The committee said the complaints related to pre-campaign activity so it had no business making a judgement. NVB’s decision is not final and can be appealed at the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, within three days.
Also, the presidents of the National Election Office (NVI) and National Election Committee (NVB) on Thursday met OSCE election monitoring experts regarding Hungary’s 2018 general election in Budapest. They reviewed amendments to Hungary’s election procedural laws and measures taken by election authorities in connection with recommendations put forward by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and its Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights after the vote. The OSCE’s office will send experts to monitor the EP elections in Hungary in May, NVI said.