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Debreciner got hold of a document prepared for internal use by the opposition coalition which predicts that President János Áder will set April 3 as the date of the Hungarian parliamentary election.

If this turns out to be the case, then Áder will have to set the date for the Hungarian election sometime between January 3-23, and the campaign will officially begin on February 12, with nominees beginning to gathering the required number of recommendations. These will be collected until February 25, and the list of party-nominated candidates will have to end on the following day.

Hungary’s Fundamental Law stipulates that parliamentary elections must be held in April or May in the fourth year following the previous election. According to the Electoral Procedure Act, the election must be held on a Sunday, but may not fall on a public holiday nor the day immediately before or after.

This means that April 17 is definitely out because of Easter, as is May 1 due to Labor Day. As a result, the Hungarian election must take place on April 3, 10, 24, or May 8, 15, 22, 29.

[Debreciner]

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By Steven N.

Steven is the editor-in-chief of Hungarian Politics. He has been following the political scene in Hungary and the Central European region more or less since 1994.