Fidesz local election campaign chief Lajos Kósa has said voters will have the chance to secure development and prosperity by electing local officials allied to the ruling Fidesz and Christian Democrat parties in Hungary’s October 13 local elections. He said the opposition, by contrast, offered nothing more locally than a “battlefield” on which to wage a war against the ruling parties.
Kósa said that signatures to stump candidates will be collected in 25 days’ time. Fidesz expects to nominate 1,200 mayoral candidates in around four-fifths of the country, which means 7.6 million voters will be able to choose Fidesz or government-backed candidates. Fully 6,000-7,000 local candidates will be competing across the country and there will be more candidates than in 2014. Fidesz will be running more candidates than any other party.
Fully 100,000 activists will be supporting Fidesz’s campaign from August 23, and Viktor Orbán, the prime minister and Fidesz leader, will also be involved in the party’s nationwide campaign, Kósa said. The aim is to make Hungary one of Europe’s most liveable countries within the foreseeable future and Hungarian towns and villages would accordingly conform to European standards, Kósa said. Meanwhile, he noted that Fidesz will hold a congress to elect officials in late September.