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Hungary polls close, incumbent Fidesz party expected to win

English.news.cn   2014-04-07 03:19:20

BUDAPEST, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Polls closed in Hungary at 7 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) on Sunday in parliamentary elections, with the first published exit poll reporting a sizable lead for the incumbent conservative Fidesz party and its small ally, the Christian Democrats.

The Nezopont Institute conducted an exit poll, in which 48 percent of voters said they chose Fidesz, while 27 percent reported voting for the left-wing coalition, 18 percent for the far right Jobbik party and 6 percent for the green LMP.

The poll was conducted by interviewing 1,200 people over the phone.

Unofficial results are expected sometime before midnight.

A new electoral system debuts this year. The number of seats in parliament has been cut back from 386 to 199 and a two-round election system has been reduced to one.

There are 106 individual constituencies, meaning that voters may choose among specific candidates for these seats, each of which represents a concrete geographic area.

The winners are the candidates with the most votes - on a winner-take-all basis. The remaining 93 seats will be divided by the proportion of votes received by the various political parties, albeit a party must win a minimum of 5 percent of the votes to enter parliament at all.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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