Election 2010 – Campaign silence cut short ahead of local elections

Budapest, September 25 (MTI) – Under a recent amendment by Hungary’s parliament, campaign silence will be limited to the day of local elections on October 3.

Earlier on, campaign silence was in force during the day preceding the election, and ended at the close of polls on the day of the election, for 43 hours in total. The new regulation defines campaign silence as the period between midnight and poll close on the day of the election, making it 19 hours.

    Under the rules of campaign silence, it is prohibited to influence voters in any way, including the provision of free transportation to the polling stations, meals or any gifts, such as party symbols or images of candidates.

    Political rallies or demonstrations are also banned during campaign silence.

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