Election Committee throws out opposition referendum proposal

Parliament

The National Election Committee (OVB) on Monday rejected an initiative by the main opposition Socialist Party on a referendum seeking to ban legislation of a retroactive effect, party MP Zoltán Lukács told a press conference.

Socialist leader Attila Mesterházy announced the initiative at a party congress on June 18. He insisted that the government majority had repeatedly passed laws which restrict acquired rights, such as cutting severance payments or early retirement pensions.

Lukács said after the OVB decision that the Socialists had submitted the proposal to ban the application of disadvantageous measures resulting from laws introduced with a retroactive effect. The OVB, however, stated that the word “disadvantageous” was vague in this context and also referred to the Hungarian constitution which had recently been amended, he added.

The Socialists maintain that introducing laws with a retroactive effect undermines due process and is unacceptable in a democratic state governed by the rule of law, Lukács said. The party will appeal the OVB decision at the Constitutional Court, he added.

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