Online version of national consultation susceptible to abuse

June 18, 2015

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The government says more than 600,000 citizens have returned the national consultation questionnaire on “immigration and terrorism”. The questionnaire is also the first such national consultation to be made available online.

It turns out the online version is susceptible to abuse.

Hungarian news site Origo.hu and RTL Klub’s news reporters both tested the online version of the national consultation questionnaire. Both outlets report that it can be abused.

RTL Klub’s reporters created three separate email addresses all with the same name and registered to fill out the questionnaire three times in less than 10 minutes.

The government says around 25,000 online national consultation questionnaires had been filled out as of Tuesday.

The government expects to receive more than 1 million responses by the July 1 deadline.  If that happens, it would mean a 12.5 percent return rate, the highest of any national consultation to date.

In 2011 only 11.5 percent of Hungarians returned the questionnaire on the nation’s new Fundamental Law, which was deemed sufficient public consultation to warrant its adoption by parliament.

The so-called “national consultation on immigration and terrorism” reportedly cost taxpayers HUF 950 million (USD 4.5 million).

Referenced in this article:

Könnyen hamisítható a nemzeti konzultáció, Origo.hu; 16 June 2015.

A döntés után is folytatódik a konzultáció, rtlklub.hu; 17 June 2015.