According to Hungarian news site hvg.hu, over 50,000 signatures have been gathered in favor of a referendum on Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics.
As we have previously written, the “NOlimpia” campaign was started by the hitherto unknown Hungarian youth movement Momentum Mozgalom. Momentum is an openly anti-government and anti-establishment movement, founded in 2015 by a group of young Hungarians seeking radical change in the country’s public life.
In order to trigger a referendum, the group needs to gather 138,000 signatures from Budapest residents by February 18th.
Since the group’s announcement of the “NOlimpia” campaign, opposition parties Politics can be Different (LMP) and the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSzP) have signaled their support for the referendum initiative.
As of Wednesday, Momentum had gathered approximately 55,000 signatures; today, LMP announced that they had gathered 10,000 signatures, placing the“NOlimpia” campaign’s total at approximately 65,000 signatures, which is less than half of what is needed to successfully bring about a referendum.
In addition, however, other opposition groups such as Együtt (Together), Párbeszéd (Dialogue), and the Kétfarkú Kutya (Two-Tailed Dog) parties have been collecting signatures as well, meaning that the actual tally is likely higher.
The collected signatures have to be delivered to the Capital Election Committee (FVB) in three weeks’ time, at which point the Committee will determine the validity of the signatures.
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