Hungary anti-migrant referendum is invalid: election office

Hungary’s citizens have voted in a plebiscite to reject the EU’s refugee quota plan. However, less than 50 percent of the country’s eight million eligible voters have participated in the poll, making it invalid.

Citizens in Hungary voted in a controversial referendum to reject the European Union’s (EU) plan to distribute migrants across the bloc. However, numbers from the National Election Office’s special website for the referendum suggested that the number of voters was less than 50 percent.

The office said that the “number of valid papers at the current data processing” were 3,265,335 out of a total of 8,272,625 eligible voters. Over 98 percent or 3,217,574 voters rejected the EU’s migrant quota, while 1.7 percent voted in favor of it.

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