Vona announces future Jobbik government to set up electronic voting system
In his Monday press conference, Gábor Vona announced his eleventh election pledge. Talking about the tragic consequences of human capital flight, Jobbik’s president explained what message the Hungarian government’s attitude sent to Hungarians living abroad.
While the government quite correctly enables the Hungarian communities living in the neighbouring countries to vote by letter, the same right is not given to those who settled in other countries, Mr Vona said. This means that they are practically deprived of their voting rights since many of them have no chance to cast their ballots due to employment-related, financial or logistic reasons. In Mr Vona’s view, emigrants interpret this treatment as a message from their Hungarian government to have given up on them for good.
The politician pointed out that Jobbik also relied on the opinions of Hungarians living abroad, and this question must not be a partisan issue. He reminded the media that Jobbik had supported the motion for allowing Hungarian communities living in the neighbouring countries to vote by letter, even though the majority of them favoured Fidesz. However, the government party now refuses to give the opportunity for Hungarians living in Western Europe, who do not tend to favour them.
Mr Vona asked Hungarian emigrants to travel to the polling stations one last time in 2018, and cast their ballots for the political party they prefer. As he explained, they would no longer have to do so in the future because Jobbik was going to install an electronic voting system available for all Hungarian citizens after the party’s election victory in 2018.
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Noting that it was the international trend of the 21st century, Mr Vona mentioned Estonia as an example: in spite of being a former Eastern bloc country, Estonia is the EU’s pioneer in digitalization, showing a good example for Hungary, too. 5.4 per cent of Estonian citizens already voted electronically in the EP elections of 2009. Mr Vona emphasized that Jobbik was going to create a more direct democracy and a more modern country, where the political sphere utilized the latest technical advancement. Electronic voting may also increase the involvement of youth, who tend to be less active politically, and significantly reduce costs, too. In response to a media question on system security, Mr Vona said the latest technology was increasingly able to prevent risks and find the right solution, but it required a political will and the confidence of the people.
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