The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) is launching a signature drive to bar Hungarian citizens who have never lived in the country from voting, Ferenc Gyurcsány, the party’s leader, announced in Budapest on Tuesday.
Those who have never lived in Hungary do not bear the consequences of their votes, Gyurcsány argued, adding that his party was not aiming to strip them of their citizenship.
He said those who “do not share in the everyday-life of the country” should not have the right to impact the lives of those who do live in Hungary.
The future of Hungary’s health-care and pension systems should not be decided from Sydney, Caracas or Odorheiu Secuiesc (Székelyudvarhely) in Romania, Gyurcsány told a rally.
Though DK does not believe that with five months to go until the election Hungary’s election law could be amended, it wants the government to “hear the voice of the people”, Gyurcsány added.
Ruling Fidesz said earlier that while Gyurcsány was ready to “resettle migrants” in Hungary, he was “waging a hate campaign against Hungarians”. “The Hungarian left wants to implement the Soros plan and relocate migrants to Hungary following Ferenc Gyurcsány’s lead, but at the same time it is always ready to mount a hate campaign against Hungarians,” Fidesz communications director Balázs Hidvéghi said in a statement.