Election committee rejects Együtt leader’s complaint over PM’s letter to Hungarians abroad
The National Election Committee (NVB) has rejected a complaint submitted by the leader of the opposition Együtt party over a letter the prime minister had written to Hungarians living abroad calling on them to register for next year’s general election.
The committee on Thursday said it had rejected Viktor Szigetvári’s complaint without conducting a proper review of it, saying it did not have authority in the matter. It said in its justification that campaigning outside campaign periods is not regulated by Hungary’s election procedures law.
Szigetvari, who submitted his complaint as a private individual, insisted that Viktor Orbán’s letter to Hungarians abroad constituted “political party propaganda”.
Commenting on the committee’s decision, Szigetvári called it “outrageous” that “in lack of legal restraints there is no way to ban the prime minister’s political propaganda”.
“Orbán and his party can do whatever they like outside the campaign period, using public funds to increase their voter support,” Szigetvári insisted.