Hungary reported a 97-percent turn-out on Sunday (8 June) in elections for a new parliament and for local government seats.
GV EXTERIOR Polling in Budapest, Hungary. ZOOM TO Sign
SV First Secretary of the Central Committee, Mr Janos Kadar checking in with officials
SV Mr Kadar voting, followed by Mrs Kadar (4 shots)
SV Hungarian President, Mr Pal Losonczi voting (3 shots)
SV Mr Losonczi's wife voting and couple leave
SV Prime Minister, Mr Gyoergy Lazar and wife voting (2 shots)
SV Chairman of the Hungarian Pontifical Board Dr Laszlo Lekai entering and voting (3 shots)
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Background: Hungary reported a 97-percent turn-out on Sunday (8 June) in elections for a new parliament and for local government seats.
SYNOPSIS: About seven-point-seven million Hungarians were entitled to elect candidates sponsored by the People's Patriotic Front, a communist-controlled umbrella organisation, for 352 parliamentary and 55-thousand local government seats. There were opposition candidates in only fifteen parliamentary seats. Hungary reported that 99-point-three percent of those who voted did so for officially-approved candidates.
The Hungarian President, Mr Pal Losonczi, and his wife were at the polling booths in the capital, Budapest, to cast their votes. According to election procedure, voting was by secret ballot.
Also voting in the capital was the Hungarian Prime Minister, Mr Gyoergy Lazar and his wife. The Hungarian National Assembly will meet later this month to elect a new government. It's also expected to consider restructuring several of the economic ministries to try to improve efficiency.