Gábor Staudt, the party’s deputy group leader, told a news conference that 57 lawmakers had signed Jobbik’s petition, and this was a sufficient number for making a valid submission under Hungarian rules as well as “expressing political will”. Besides Jobbik MPs, 4 lawmakers from the LMP party, 25 from the Socialist Party and 4 independents sighted Jobbik’s petition for the court to review the law.
Staudt argued that parliament had failed to respond to concerns expressed by the country’s president, who sent the law back to lawmakers for reconsideration. In addition, passages which would normally need a two-thirds majority to pass under Hungary’s constitution were approved by a simple majority, he said. Further, the law provides for government bodies to monitor the financial management of political parties in place of the state auditor, the Jobbik politician complained.