Referendums cannot be called on retroactive laws
Thursday, 04 August 2011 14:04
The National Election Committee (OVB) rejected an initiative by the main opposition Socialist Party (MSZP) on a referendum seeking to ban detrimental legislation of a retroactive effect on Monday. The OVB’s decision was based on two arguments. The first is that the word „detrimental” is not unambiguous in that context.
The second is that the current constitution already contains the prohibition of retroactive legislation. Zoltán Lukács, socialist MP argued that according to paragraphs 70/I and 70/E of the constitution it is possible to circumvent that ban in some cases. These paragraphs have been added as amendments to the constitution. According to the OVB if the MSZP’s initiative would be successful that could result in an implied amendment of the constitution. And referendums should not be called on constitutional issues. MSZP will appeal the OVB decision at the Constitutional Court.