Hungary referendum on EU migrant quota invalid due to low turnout

Hungary's referendum on EU migrant resettlement quotas did not reach the necessary 50-per-cent turnout and is therefore invalid, vice-chair of the governing Fidesz party Gergely Gulyas says.

Only 45 per cent of the electorate took part in the vote, Gulyas says.

Of those who cast their ballots, 95 per cent rejected the EU quota, leading Gulyas to speak of a "landslide victory."

The "Yes" or "No" question put to Hungary's 8 million voters asked: "Do you want the European Union to be able, without consulting [the Hungarian] parliament, to decree the compulsory settlement of non-Hungarian citizens into Hungary?"

Under a plan approved by a majority of EU member states last year, the bloc is aiming to resettle 160,000 asylum seekers stranded in Italy and Greece across the bloc, with 1,300 assigned to Hungary.

Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic all voted against the plan. Hungary has not yet accepted any of its quota and is suing the European Union in the European Court of Justice over the redistribution plan.

Last update: Mon, 03/10/2016 - 10:02
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