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Magyar Nemzet - Hungary | Saturday, January 5, 2013

Hungarian law against election fraud scrapped

Hungary's constitutional court repealed a law on Friday passed by the right-wing conservative government that obliged citizens to register for voting. While the media that are critical of the government talk of a "defeat" for the government, the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet laments the court ruling: "The idea of having voters register ahead of elections was good. It would have curbed electoral fraud. Registration would for example have prevented what happened in the 2002 elections: the left-liberal opposition had great numbers of poverty-stricken voters ferried to the polls on buses to obtain their votes. In return these mostly apolitical voters were given a bowl of goulash soup. … However the court's ruling at least shows that the rule of law does function in Hungary."

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