Hungarian opposition primaries suspended after ‘cyberattack’

the pre-election was halted early afternoon by the overload of the IT system that fed the voting. [Shutterstock/Syda Productions]

On the day of the first round of the opposition primaries, meant to choose one joint candidate for every electoral unit in next year’s election, the pre-election was halted early afternoon by the overload of the IT system that fed the voting, Telex reported.

Organisers initially blamed the problem on the unexpectedly high voter turnout, but later cited overload and a targeted cyber attack.

“Over the past three hours, we have been conducting a detailed technical analysis of the phenomenon that slowed down the IT system of the primary election this morning. It has now become absolutely clear that between 6 am and 10 am this morning, in addition to the masses of voters who wanted change, there were others interested in the primary: there is currently a mass load of unknown origin on the IT system of the pre-election,”  the primaries’ electoral commission said in a statement.

In the afternoon, the leaders of the six opposition parties participating in the primaries (DK, Jobbik, LMP, Momentum, MSZP, Párbeszéd) issued a joint statement, stating that “no matter how many attacks come from anywhere, from anyone, no force can stop the historic process at the end of which the citizens of Hungary will be able to choose who will be the prime ministerial candidate of the democratic opposition and who will face the people in power in the 2022 parliamentary elections.”

On Sunday, after nearly a day of reflection, Fidesz came up with a succinct response after the opposition blamed the government for the attack on the primary election system. “Don’t blame your own blunders on others!” the party’s statement said.

The primaries were set to continue on Monday (20 September) morning.

(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)

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