After the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, upheld the Election Committee’s (NVB) decision, it is now official that Jobbik member László Bíró cannot be officially backed by his own party at the by-election that decides whether Fidesz-KDNP will still have a two-thirds majority in Parliament. However, the logos of all the other parties backing the joint opposition candidate will be put on the ballot papers.
The by-election is of great importance, as the two-thirds majority of governing party alliance Fidesz-KDNP depends on it (although with the German nationality advocate, Fidesz party member Imre Ritter, the ruling parties would still retain the qualified majority in case of defeat). Citing formalities, Fidesz filed a last-minute appeal against Bíró’s nomination, arguing that Péter Jakab is formally not yet the president of Jobbik. Although Jakab was elected on January 25th, the court has yet to formally register him despite Jakab receiving the order on July 9th, according to him. The National Election Committee (where ruling Fidesz also has a majority) eventually upheld Fidesz’s appeal, which resulted in Jobbik turning to the Kúria. But this did not bring any change either.
According to the right-wing opposition party’s comments following consultation with the other opposition parties, Bíró will be jointly nominated by the opposition parties on paper, and Jobbik will help the campaign with “hundreds of activists.” “The Jobbik logo can be banned from the ballot papers, but Jobbik cannot be banned from the streets! László Bíró will be on the ballot papers, and Jobbik will be on the streets!” they said.
FactBíró’s nomination has stirred controversy after his racist and anti-Semitic comments on social media were brought to light, something for which he later apologised.
As Jobbik is the strongest opposition party in the region, its absence from the ballot papers and campaigning materials will likely make a difference.
The by-election will be held in the 6th individual constituency of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County (with the riding centered in the city of Tiszaújváros) in the wake of the death of MP Ferenc Koncz (Fidesz). The larger ruling party will run the deceased MP’s daughter, Zsófia Koncz. The by-election will be held on October 11th.
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