“No” vote to have legal consequences even if referendum is invalid, says Orbán

October 2, 2016

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Speaking to reporters outside a polling station today, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said an overwhelming “no” vote would have legal consequences even if less than 50 percent of the electorate casts a valid vote.

Saying that a “valid result is always better than an invalid result,” the prime minister said the government intended to act to prevent the EU from settling refugees in Hungary without the consent of parliament regardless of whether the referendum is valid.

In order for today’s referendum to be legally valid, some 4.2 million Hungarians must cast a valid vote.

“We are going to do this if the referendum is valid and even if it isn’t valid,” Orbán said. “The only criteria is that there be more ‘no’ votes than ‘yes’ votes.”