July 10, 2011, midnight
Hungary’s governing Fidesz party this week proposed a plan to alter the country’s electoral system. Fidesz’s draft law would end the second round of voting, cut the number of lawmakers from 386 to about 200, and abolish the system of compensation seats. Currently, compensatory seats are allocated to parties for non-winning candidates and party lists. In the 2010 election, Fidesz captured two-third of seats in the National Assembly, which is enough to change the constitution unilaterally. Opposition parties argue that the proposed changes would benefit Fidesz, while hurting smaller parties. The draft law would also allow Hungarians living abroad to vote, and guarantee ethnic minorities without representation a non-voting member in the National Assembly.