Budapest (MTI) – The National Election Committee (NVB) on Wednesday rejected a referendum initiative on Hungary’s bid for the Olympics, submitted by a private individual on September 6.
The question that Katalin Krisztina Erdélyi wanted to be asked in a popular vote was whether voters wanted parliament to withdraw the 2016 law on organising the 33rd Olympic Games.
The question was rejected on several grounds, including that it targeted an office already set up with a budget, that it would affect international contracts through the Olympic symbols, that it would affect tax and duty laws and also that it was not phrased clearly. Hungary’s constitution bans holding referendums on issues affecting international contracts and tax matters.
Opposition members of the committee disagreed with the rejection, but it was then approved in a vote of 9 to 2.