High turnout in Hungary leads to election delays

Preliminary results show populist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has easily won a third consecutive term and his Fidesz party has regai

Preliminary results show populist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has easily won a third consecutive term and his Fidesz party has regai

Dr. Gyorgy Bakondi, chief adviser for homeland security to Prime Minister Viktor Orban and one of the key architects of Hungary's highly-effective border wall, explained why resisting the EU's migrant directives was so important to his country.

He has transformed Fidesz from a liberal party formed in the 1980s to a right-wing populist outfit, which has campaigned this election on an anti-immigration platform.

Opinion polls before the vote had consistently put Orban and Fidesz party 20 or more points clear of their nearest rivals, Jobbik, a far-right party that has been moving towards the centre, and the centre-left Socialists. "For reasons of safety, we don't work anymore the way that we used to", said Annastiina Kallius of the Migrant Solidarity Group of Hungary. Opposition parties are keen to make sure Mr Orban's bloc does not sweep to a super-majority in which the autocratic leader could easily push through constitutional changes.

Voter turnout in Hungary's parliamentary election reached 68.13 percent by 1630 GMT on Sunday, exceeding final turnouts in all the past three elections, National Election Office data showed.

But as Chairman of the Party, Vona has gradually brought Jobbik into the mainstream in the hope of widening its political base. Hungary's National Election Office reports 13.17 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots by 9 a.m. (0700GMT).

Orban, who seeking his third consecutive term, and fourth overall since 1998, says he's voting early so he could keep campaigning until polling stations close Sunday evening.

Orban's sometimes lurid rhetoric against immigrants resulted in February in a spat between the government and the UN's top human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who accused Orban of xenophobia and racism.

'We are celebrating democracy and it seems like this feast will be lovely because many of us are taking part, ' said Gergely Karacsony, the leading candidate of the left-wing Socialist and Dialogue parties.

Opposition leaders reject Orban's claims that they are controlled by Soros and support mass immigration.

This is the two-thirds control of the 199-seat legislature that allowed Fidesz to pass controversial laws putting pressure on the judiciary and the press.

What are Viktor Orban's policies?

After casting his vote in a wealthy district of Budapest, he said he would stand up for Hungary's interests and said Hungary was a loyal member of global organizations.

Gabor Vona of the nationalist Jobbik party urged his supporters not to become complacent.

The anti-immigrant campaign has gone down well with numerous roughly two million core voters of Fidesz.

He claims "that the European Union is not at Brussels".

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