OSCE: Elections in Serbia and Hungary free, but not regular
The OSCE may not certify Sunday's elections in Serbia and Hungary as regular. According to a preliminary report by election observers, the process in Hungary is considered free but not regular. According to 200 observers from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, sent to Hungary, the lack of a level playing field between candidates in the election campaign affected the final result.
The OSCE Mission Coordinator explained that insufficient transparency and control of the election campaign finances were an advantage for the ruling coalition. Also in the elections that brought out the winner Viktor Orban was criticized the fact of the lack of debates between the main candidates, which would have been an opportunity for voters to make an informed choice.
The OSCE similarly criticized the presidential, parliamentary and administrative elections in Serbia this Sunday. According to the Organization, these elections took place on unequal ground, with a series of absences that went in favor of President Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian progressive party.