Krisztián Gáva, vice-president of Hungary’s National Election Office, appeared on ATV’s Egyenes Beszéd Wednesday night to explain that a referendum signature-gathering campaign by the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) has failed to collect the requisite number of signatures, reports Hungarian news site 444.hu.
According to Gáva, the National Election Office has reviewed 96 percent of the more than 200,000 signatures submitted and found that, so far, there were 173,341 valid and 42,859 invalid signatures.
MSZP vice-president and parliamentarian Zoltán Gőgös says his party disagrees with the National Election Office’s methodology for counting and validating the signatures.
According to Gőgös, the signature gathering failed because Fidesz decided that there would be no referendum on the issue of privatizing state agricultural lands. Gőgös believes the National Election Office is deliberately employing a methodology that unjustly disqualifies every fourth signature gathered by the party and its activists.
Gáva says there were instances where those gathering signatures did not sign their sheets, or provided an incorrect ID number. In other cases, signatories allegedly misspelled their own names, provided an incorrect ID number, or signed the sheets twice.