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
  Pha01 mariavaleriabridge Orban cropped.jpg Lendvai Ildiko.jpg Vona Gabor.jpg
Leader Viktor Orbán Ildikó Lendvai Gábor Vona
Party Fidesz MSZP Jobbik
Alliance EPP S&D NI
Leader since 2003 5 April 2009 2006
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
  Dávid Ibolya (1).jpg
Leader Ibolya Dávid
Party MDF
Alliance ECR
Leader since 1999
Last election 1
Seats won 1
Seat change +0
Popular vote 153,660
Percentage 5.31%

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]

Summary of the 7 June 2009 European Parliament elections
Parties Votes 2004 % 2004 Seats 2004 Votes 2009 % 2009 Seats 2009 Difference
National Party European party
Fidesz.png Fidesz - Hungarian Civic Union (Fidesz)[19] EPP 1,457,750 47.40 12 1,632,309 56,36 14 +2
Insignia Hungary Political Party MSZP.svg Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) PES 1,054,921 34.30 9 503,140 17,37 4 -5
Insignia Hungary Political Party Jobbik.svg Jobbik none - - 0 427,773 14,77 3 +3
Insignia Hungary Political Party MDF.svg Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) ECR 164,025 5.33 1 153,660 5.31 1 0
LMP logo.svg Politics Can Be Different (LMP)[20] none - - - 75,522 2.61 0 -
Insignia Hungary Political Party SZDSZ.svg Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) ELDR 237,908 7.74 2 62,527 2.16 0 -2
Hungarian Communist Workers' Party logo.jpg Hungarian Communist Workers' Party (Munkáspárt) none[21] 56,221 1.83 0 27,817 0.96 0 0
Gypsy Alliance Party (MCF) none - - - 13,431 0.46 0 -
Total (turnout 36,31%)[22] 3,075,450 100.0 24 2,896,179 100.0 22
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]