Sunday’s parliamentary election is “about war and peace but the question is who supports war”, Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony said adding that the vote would decide “whether Hungary is on the right or wrong side of history”.
Karácsony spoke to reporters after casting his ballot in Budapest’s 14th district, and said the opposition had delegated vote counters to every polling station to “ensure conditions for a transparent vote”.
The opposition, if it wins the election, will seek to “maintain the voting rights of ethnic Hungarians but implement changes”, Karácsony said, adding that ethnic Hungarians with
a dual citizenship should be ensured a “special mandate”. He added, however, that the citizenship act could only be amended with a two-thirds majority, and “neither side is likely to gain such a majority”.
Karácsony also said that he had cast an invalid vote in the referendum held simultaneously with the election on Hungary’s child protection law, adding that “the so-called” referendum was “more like deceit”.
Ferenc Gyurcsány, head of the opposition Democratic Coalition, and the party’s MEP Klára Dobrev, his wife, cast their ballots in Hungary’s general election in Budapest’s 2nd district on Sunday.
Dobrev told reporters she was convinced that Hungary “now has a democratic majority”, adding that
“if everybody turns up at the polls, we will talk about a government change tomorrow,”
Dobrev was asked what would happen to Peter Marki-Zay, the prime ministerial candidate of the united opposition, should the opposition not win the election, and she said “we will win and he will be prime minister”.