September 17th, 2012

Former PM urges opposition to step up protest against voter registration as Socialists plan to boycott debate

Head of the small splinter party Democratic Coalition and former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany called for further forms of protest on Saturday upon finishing a week-long hunger strike against the government’s plan to introduce compulsory pre-registration at the next national election in 2014.

Gyurcsany called on the main opposition Socialists and small opposition party LMP to boycott the parliamentary debate of the election procedures bill and he asked his supporters to submit a petition against the pre-registration requirement.

He reiterated that the requirement of pre-registration will exclude hundreds of thousands from the election. Most of those who only decide in the last few weeks that they would cast a vote generally support the opposition, he added.

If the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to stay in power with the help of “legal tricks and machinations,” then “Hungary will lose its calm and the people will simply rebel,” Gyurcsany said.

The ex-premier said the Democratic Coalition would organise a live chain around Parliament on the day when MPs pass the final vote about the introduction of pre-registration.

He criticised the extension of voting rights to ethnic Hungarians living beyong the borders, stating that ever since the referendum of 2004 on dual citizenship, Fidesz has been trying to use them for its own purposes.

He invited democratic opposition parties and organisations to hold a joint event marking the anniversary of Hungary’s anti-Soviet 1956 revolution on October 23.

Fidesz spokeswoman Gabriella Selmeczi said in reaction that Gyurcsany was only seeking media attention when he called on other parties to take politics to the streets. She called on the Democratic Coalition, the Socialists and LMP to act in line with their authorisation by the voters and participate in parliament’s work.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Socialists are likely to boycott a parliamentary debate on the planned amendment of the election procedures law to introduce the requirement of voter pre-registration, deputy floor group leader Istvan Jozsa said on Sunday.

A central decision has not yet been made by the party, but Jozsa said he expected the Socialists to stay away from the debate because they believe a decision on election rights should be made only on the basis of a broad social consensus.

“No democratic force should be part of such extreme mutilation of the right to vote,” he added.

The small opposition green party LMP plans to participate in the debate because they want to present their opinion on the subject, spokesman Laszlo Heltai said.

The party is against the introduction of voter pre-registration but agree with a plan to scrap the system of recommendation slips, he added.

Gabriella Selmeczi, a spokeswoman for governing Fidesz, on Sunday called the “hysteria” generated by the opposition parties around the voter pre-registration unnecessary and pointless. She insisted that the proposed system would allow for a much broader scope of participation. She said the new system was an improvement compared with the current one, because all those wishing to cast their ballots would be provided all necessary information and details and allowed enough time to register. Those who wish to stay away from the elections will at the same time not be bothered with any calls or materials related to the vote, she added.

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  • Anonymous

    “She insisted that the proposed system would allow for a much broader scope of participation”……this is clearly a lie.

  • Aloof

    When April H. Foley, the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary between 2006 and 2009, called to OV’s attention the fact that in a democracy the opposition is supposed to work out compromises with the government parties, Orbán’s answer was that it may be so in the West but not in Hungary where there is only one political goal: to win elections.

    Enough said…

  • Leto مؤدّب

    These days the postcommie media whines and cries wolf because of the planned scrapping of the system of recommendation slips.
    Well, tt wasn’t a long time ago when they wanted to scrap these recommendation slips…

    Ceterum censeo MSZP delendum est.

    • Aloof

      LMFAO! Another tiresome week of the Fidesz puppet. Post commie this post commie that, yawn.

      VO said it so he owns it. That’s ALL this all about, nothing else. VO will do ANYTHING to stay in power, all you have to do is stay tuned.

      • Leto مؤدّب

        Aloof, yawn.

        PS: VO will stay in power for a while.

        Ceterum censeo MSZP delendum est.

        • Aloof

          LMFAO! That’s it?
          Hungary will go NOWHERE while this absolute corrupt little lying scumbag blowhard is in power. Enjoy your isolation asshole!

          • Leto مؤدّب

            @Yankee moron:

            I hope it’s you who won’t come to Hungary while this absolutely decent Hungarian Prime Minister is in power, that is for a good while. Enjoy your hurricanes and Quantitative Easing 3, idiot!


            Ceterum censeo MSZP delendum est.

  • Aloof

    @Leto مؤدّب says: September 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I’ll come to Hungary whenever I please sock puppet and some wothless and meaningless Fidesz POS like you can’t do anything about it.
    Unlike you I have no masters. So sad Hungarian lives will be miserable while your corrupt little POS OV stays in power. Enjoy your isolation asshole.

    Hurricanes? I was in 4 different states last week and I’m in Europe this week. Sorry I’m not chained by some state sock puppet job or live in some feuding Hungarian town outside of Budapest. God that must be like hell on earth.
    No wonder you’re such a narrow and bitter worthless POS.

  • olga

    @ Aloof

    Nosy question: You mentioned you have a lot of relatives in Hungary and I am jumping to the conclusion they are neither FIDESZ nor JOBBIK supporters

    I already mentioned on this website that the 100 or so peole JA and I met in Hungary supported FIDESZ but were luke warm about it, hated Gyurcsany and dismissed JOBBIK
    saying “they started out right but something went wrong”

    So what’s the consensus amongst your relatives?

    You and Leto must be therapeutic for each other to relieve stress :))

    • Aloof

      Yes that is nosy and jumps to conclusions. I’ll say this, no matter WHO they voted for and when they have been severely disappointed every time.
      Suffice it to say that NONE of them are happy campers and NONE of them see a rosy future under OV and Fidesz now, especially the kids. The kids in our family only want one thing when it comes to Hungary… OUT.

      Jobbik was never an alternative for any of them.

  • Magyar حماس‎

    Gyurcsány is rabidly opposed to voter registration, therefore it is an excellent idea.

    If you want to know whether your idea is good or bad, run it by Gyurcsány.
    If he likes it, its a bad idea, if he hates it, is a good idea.

  • olga

    @ Aloof

    Sorry for being nosy, I figured you would ignore the question and not respond

    I don’t see a rosy picture for Hungary nor any other EU country and you can add Canada and the US. I keep hearing about how well we are doing but I can see cut backs in health care, education and infrastructure spending with my own eyes.

    What I do see is the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer in both Canada and the US and unless someone tells me otherwise I would not be surprised if this is the landscape in Europe as well

    So is my idol Obama gonna win or not? (Actually it’s Michelle who is my idol but rumour has it she is not running for office)

    • Aloof

      @ olga says: September 17, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      You don’t have to apologize, I was just being honest. I agree totally with everything else you say which doesn’t bode well for the future, especially the future of our children.
      Financial concerns are making politics virtually irrelevant anywhere you go. People everywhere will not put up with this state of affairs forever.
      You didn’t even mention energy or climate concerns which grow exponentially by the year also. 7 billion people can’t keep sucking the world through a straw without consequences.

  • Focus on the bigger picture

    Eric, have I been censored?

  • Focus on the bigger picture

    Just seems my last 3 have failed to post. (?)

  • spectator

    “…VO will stay in power for a while..”

    Is the chair in working order? Wouldn’t like to see him half-baked, or something, not to mention if there won’t be enough money to pay for electricity – dreadful even to think of this..!

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