Péter Márki-Zay, the political opposition’s joint candidate for prime minister (pictured), announced on Facebook early yesterday afternoon that every opposition candidate in Hungary’s 106 individual electoral districts had obtained the minimum number of signatures to appear on the ballot on the first day of Hungary’s official election campaign.
Márki-Zay related the news in a short video that he recorded in Fonyód, Somogy County, with the title, “WE DID IT!”
Government party Fidesz also reported in a Facebook post that their candidates in all 106 electoral districts had likewise gotten the requisite number of signatures to appear on the ballot in their respective constituencies.
Throughout the morning and early afternoon, the parties appeared to compete with each other with boastful posts over who was faster at collecting signatures, with several of them claiming to be first.
All over the country, pro-government and opposition candidates and activists were active on Saturday morning obtaining the minimum 500 recommendations to get candidates’ names on the ballot. Budapest Mayor Gergely Karácsony went on a tour of the capital, but ministers and other mayors also took part in the first official day of campaigning.
[Telex][Photo: Péter Márki-Zay / Facebook]