According to Péter Márki-Zay, the joint prime ministerial candidate in the opposition coalition, the situation may be epidemiologically justified, but it allows for abuses, such as restricting the right of assembly and banning rallies and demonstrations at any time.
It is transforming the functioning of local governments and government at a level that allows for, and even gives, very serious abuses. Obviously, there is a possibility that even with this measure the government can significantly influence the conduct of the elections.
Said Márki Zay-Péter RTL Klub newscast.
However, according to the bill submitted by Zsolt Semjén, the extension of the emergency will not affect next year’s elections, but it is essential due to the unpredictability of the fourth wave.
In times of emergency, the government has a number of extra powers, including having up to three months to release data of public interest.
One of the most important non-viral requests for information on the luxury flights of Péter Szijjártó and Viktor Orbán
– said Bernadett Szél, an independent member of parliament, who said that it was obvious that the army had no reason to withhold this data.
According to the Society for the Protection of Human Rights (HCLU), this practice alone can influence elections.
An election is not only free and fair if participation is open to all who are entitled to it, but also if it is necessary for citizens to have access to adequate information.
– said Dániel Döbrentey, coordinator of the Electoral Rights Program of the HCLU.
If voted by parliament, the emergency could end on June 1, 2022.