Socialists To Appeal Against Municipal Election Changes
(MTI) – The opposition Socialist Party will appeal to the Constitutional Court and to the ombudsman over changes to the municipal election system in Budapest as proposed by the ruling Fidesz party.
Csaba Horvath, Socialist group leader of the capital, told reporters on Saturday that his party will work to prevent the planned changes from taking effect. He argued that the proposed legislation would deprive residents of the city of their right to self-determination, and would “tear the city apart along the interests of the districts”. He suggested that the new system would ensure benefits to certain districts to the detriment of other parts of the city.
On Friday, the governing party presented its proposal, under which the 33-seat city council would include the mayor of Budapest, 23 district mayors and nine other members to be elected from among mayoral candidates who fail to win seats in the election.