MPs time local elections to coincide with EP election

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Lawmakers on Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment that reschedules municipal elections to coincide with European Parliament elections, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

The amendment was approved with a vote of 140 for, 36 against, and no abstentions.

It will move forward Hungary's 2024 local elections from October to April, May, June, or July, depending on the scheduling of European Parliament elections.

In the reasoning for the change, Máté Kocsis, the leader of the parliamentary group of governing Fidesz, said holding the elections at the same time would result in "significant savings", noting that holding a referendum at the same time as the general elections in April had saved over HUF 10 billion.

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