Budapest Mayor Gergely Karacsony – Photo: Facebook

Election 2024 – Karacsony wins Budapest mayoral election

Gergely Karacsony has won the election for Budapest mayor, the National Election Committee (NVB) confirmed after a recount of the invalid votes cast in the recent municipal elections, on Friday evening.

In Sunday’s election, Karacsony garnered 371,466 votes, David Vitezy 371,142, and Andras Grundtner 38,942. Vitezy appealed against the municipal election office’s results referring to a high number of invalid votes, and the body ordered a recount.

NVB head Robert Sasvari said on Friday that the recount had resulted in another 112 valid votes for Karacsony and 395 for Vitezy, with Karacsony winning the election with 41 votes.

NVB’s decision is appealable at the supreme court.

Karacsony calls for new election

Gergely Karacsony called for a new election after the National Election Committee recounted the invalid votes cast in the recent municipal elections and declared him the winner of the post of Budapest mayor.

Karacsony said he insisted on his earlier position despite the recount turning out in his favour, because “the whole process has been infinitely manipulative, full of political mislead, tricks, and wire-tapping.” “All that undermines people’s trust in democracy has been committed … if we want to repair that, we need a new election, a new vote with the same candidates,” he said.

Karacsony said he would appeal for legal remedy in connection with the recount and request calling a new election.

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