Wednesday, August 13, 2014

National Questions in Ukraine : Hungarians in Ukraine : A valid referendum 23 years ago decided on autonomy

From 1994-2006 the Hungarian community had an ethnic Hungarian representative in the Rada despite changing electoral systems. For the past six years, with the 2006 change to a proportional electoral system, the community has not had representation at the national level. This system effectively prevented all national minorities—save the largest Russian one—from electing officials to parliament by only allowing national-based parties to field candidates and by setting a 3 percent threshold to win (essentially requiring one million votes per candidate and a 60-70 percent turnout)

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