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Gov’t assumes responsibility for two-round mayoral elections in joint sitting of the Parliament

PM Orban: The current system is restricting the right of disaffected citizens to replace a mayor

 

The government has made the decision to assume responsibility before Parliament for amending the law on local elections so that the voting system bestows legitimacy on elected mayors, as the current mechanism restricts the right of dissatisfied citizens to replace a mayor who does not his or her job, Prime Minister Ludovic Orban said on Wednesday.

According to the Constitution, the Government is allowed to assume responsibility before the joint sitting of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, on a programme, a general political statement or a draft law, with a possible motion of censure against the respective draft to be submitted within maximum 3 days since the presentation of the draft. The Government needs to step down if the motion of censure is adopted. However, if it’s not dismissed, then the draft law, modified or supplemented, depending on the case, with the amendments accepted by the Government, will be considered as adopted.

“The government I lead has made the decision to assume responsibility before Parliament for changing the law on local elections so as to allow the citizens of each local community to elect their mayors under a system of election that lends legitimacy to the elected mayors – namely by a 50%-plus-one majority of the voters who cast ballots,” Orban said at a meeting in Parliament for the Government assuming responsibility for two-round mayoral elections.

He said that the current system is restricting the right of disaffected citizens to replace a mayor.

“This voting system restricts the right of the disaffected citizens of a local community to replace mayors who do not do their job, who do not abide by electoral promises and who has not had the capacity to develop the local community,” said Orban, according to Agerpres.

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