Democratic opposition failure to coordinate candidates contributed to Fidesz supermajority

April 9, 2018

Democratic opposition failure to coordinate candidates responsible for Fidesz supermajority

Candidate coordination in Budapest and Pest county among Hungary’s so-called democratic opposition would have denied Fidesz a two-thirds parliamentary majority, reports index.hu. Official election data published on valasztas.hu indicates that democratic opposition candidates could have won in all 18 Budapest electoral districts had one or more parties withdrawn their candidates in a timely manner in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 14th districts.

In Budapest’s 2nd district, where Politics Can Be Different (LMP), Momentum, and Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) candidates received a total of 5,415 votes, Democratic Coalition’s (DK) Gy. Németh lost to Fidesz-KDNP’s István Simicskó by a mere 800 votes.

In Budapest’s 3rd district, where LMP and Momentum candidates received a total of 4,700 votes, DK’s Tamás Bauer lost to Fidesz-KNDP’s Gergely Gulyás by 1,900 votes.

In Budapest’s 4th district, where LMP candidate Péter Ungár (the son of Fidesz court historian and Mária Schmidt) received 5,200 votes and the Momentum candidate 1,300 votes, DK candidate Péter Niedermüller lost to Fidesz candidate Mihály Varga by 2,500 votes.

In Budapest’s 6th district, where LMP, Együtt, and Momentum candidates received a combined 4,670 votes, DK’s Attila Ara-Kovács lost to Fidesz’s Máté Kocsis by 3,800 votes.

In Budapest’s 13th district, where the LMP candidate received 3,600 votes, Fidesz-KDNP candidate Kristóf Szatmáry received only 1,300 votes more than Együtt’s Zoltán Vajda who, earlier in the day, had been tipped to win the election.

In Budapest’s 14th district, where LMP (2,700) and Momentum (1,500) received a total of 4,200 votes, MSZP-P’s Károly Lukoczki lost to Fidesz’-KDNP’s Mónika Dunai by 2,300 votes.

In Pest county’s 2nd district, where the Two-Tailed Dog Party (MKKP) candidate received 1,255 votes, LMP’s Bernadett Szél lost to Fidesz-KDNP candidate Zsolt Csenger-Zalán by a mere 300 votes. Furthermore, the Democrat Párt candidate Sándor Kósa received some 557 votes.

Speaking to Olga Kálman on HïrTV the evening of the election, disgusted political analyst László Kéri claimed the political opposition (far-right Jobbik included) could have defeated Fidesz and even obtained a two-thirds parliamentary majority for itself had it run a unified slate of candidates encompassing all 106 electoral districts.