European Parliament election, 2009 (Hungary)

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European Parliament election
Hungary
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7 June 2009
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All 22 seats of Hungary in the European Parliament
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  SchmittPal-2011-01.jpg Kinga Göncz 5944.jpg Morvai Krisztina.jpg
Leader Pál Schmitt Kinga Göncz Krisztina Morvai
Party Fidesz MSZP Jobbik
Alliance EPP S&D NI
Last election 12
9 0
Seats won 14 4 3
Seat change Increase2 Decrease5 Increase3
Popular vote 1,632,309 503,140 427,773
Percentage 56.37% 17.37% 14.77%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Szabó Tímea.jpg Szent-Iványi István.jpg
Leader Lajos Bokros Tímea Szabó István Szent-Iványi
Party MDF LMP SZDSZ
Alliance ECR ALDE
Last election 1
new 2
Seats won 1 0 0
Seat change Steady0 new Decrease2
Popular vote 153,660 75,522 62,527
Percentage 5.31% 2.61% 2.16%

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Hungary was the election of the delegation from Hungary to the European Parliament in 2009. Hungary delegated 22 members to the European Parliament based on the Nice treaty and the election took place on 7 June.

Candidates[edit]

Among the candidates that ran were:

Election[edit]

The election in Hungary took place according to the 2003 CXIII. law about European election and the 1997 C. election law. According to this the country consists of a single election district and those parties will be put on the ballot who could collect 20,000 proposal coupons.[1][2] Eight qualified lists were approved by Hungarian authorities to be put on the ballot, of which two of them were shared lists. Fidesz shared its party list with the Christian Democratic People's Party (KDNP) to create a joint Fidesz-KDNP list, and Politics Can Be Different shared its party list with the Humanist Party to create a joint LMP-HP list.

Hungarian Proposal coupon used in the 2009 election

Opinion polls[edit]

Source Date Fidesz MSZP SZDSZ MDF Jobbik others
Medián [3] 25/2/2009 63% 25% 4% 2% 4% 2%
Medián [4] 18/3/2009 66% 23% 2% 4% 4% 1%
Tárki [5] 30/3/2009 62% 23% 3% 3% 4% 5%
Marketing Centrum [6] 30/3/2009 61% 25% 3% 4% 5% 2%
Progresszív Intézet [7] 13/4/2009 62% 25% 3% 5% 3% 2%
Medián [8] 15/4/2009 70% 18% 2% 2% 4% 4%
Századvég-Forsense [9] 21/4/2009 70% 18% 2% 1% 5% 4%
Forsense [10] 27/4/2009 63% 27% 2% 2% 6% 1%
Tárki [11] 29/4/2009 64% 22% 4% 2% 4% 4%
Gallup [12] 8/5/2009 68% 21% 1% 2% 5% 3%
Századvég-Forsense [13] 26/5/2009 71% 17% 1% 2% 6% 3%
Nézőpont [14] 27/5/2009 66% 14% 4% 6% 7% 3%
Tárki [15] 27/5/2009 70% 17% 3% 1% 4% 5%
Szonda Ipsos [16] 28/5/2009 67% 21% 2% 3% 4% 3%
Marketing Centrum [17] 01/06/2009 61% 19% 5% 4% 8% 5%
Medián [18] 03/06/2009 60% 21% 4% 4% 7% 4%

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the results of Hungary's 7 June 2009 election to the European Parliament
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National party European party Main candidate Votes  % +/– Seats +/–
Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz–KDNP) EPP Pál Schmitt 1,632,309 56.36 8.96 Increase
14 / 22
2 Increase
Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) PES Kinga Göncz 503,140 17.37 16.93 Decrease
4 / 22
5 Decrease
Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik) none Krisztina Morvai 427,773 14.77 new
3 / 22
3 Increase
Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) EPP Lajos Bokros 153,660 5.31 0.02 Decrease
1 / 22
0 Steady
Politics Can Be Different (LMP) + Humanist Party (HP) none Tímea Szabó 75,522 2.61 new
0 / 22
0 Steady
Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) ELDR István Szent-Iványi 62,527 2.16 5.58 Decrease
0 / 22
2 Decrease
Hungarian Communist Workers' Party (MKMP) none Gyula Thürmer 27,817 0.96 0.87 Decrease
0 / 22
0 Steady
Romani Alliance Party (MCF) none Zsolt Kis 13,431 0.46 new
0 / 22
0 Steady
Valid votes 2,896,179 99.12
Blank and invalid votes 24,769 0.85
Totals 2,920,948 99.97
Missing votes 831 0.03
Totals 2,921,779 100.00
22 / 22
2 Decrease
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 8,046,086 36.31 2.19 Decrease
Source: Valasztas.hu

The European Parliament elections' biggest winners were the centre-right opposition Fidesz party, which won 56.4% of the vote and 14 seats. The far-right Jobbik ("For a Better Hungary") party also performed stronger than expected. The Hungarian Democratic Forum also gained 1 seat, the former finance minister Lajos Bokros can travel to Brussels.

The liberal Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) was almost wiped off the political map, attracting only 60,000 votes or 2.2%, compared to more than a million in the country's first free elections 19 years ago.

List of seat winners[edit]