Parties of the united opposition have demanded that their referendum on unemployment benefits and plans to build a campus of China’s Fudan University in Budapest should be held together with the parliamentary election set for April 3.
István Varga, a candidate of the Democratic Coalition, told a press conference that “the government was obviously frightened” by the “huge number” of signatures supporting the referendum initiative, and insisted that it was a “democratic responsibility” of the government to allow the referendum to go ahead on the day requested. Mihály Gér of the Párbeszéd party said the election office should “prove that it is not playing for time under pressure from above”. He argued that while civil activists had been able to count the signatures in a day, the office had been unable to do the same in four days. He called on the authorities to complete the job and set the referendum for April 3.