A national referendum is one of the means of the operation of a direct democracy, where every citizen with a right to vote can have a say in important matters affecting his or her country as a whole.
Hungary’s rules on national referendums are laid down in the country’s Fundamental Law and in the act on referendums.
National referendums come in two types in Hungary:
– mandatory referendum
a referendum must be held if it is requested by at least 200,000 voters
– optional referendum
if the referendum is initiated by the President of the Republic, the Government or at least 100,000 voters, it is up to the National Assembly to call a referendum.
To provide voters with all of the relevant details matters proposed to be put out for a referendum are posted at valasztas.hu. This is where you can monitor who has petitioned for national referendums as well as the issues proposed to be voted on.
You can find statistics on referendum initiatives about which decisions have already been made here. The statistics cover referendum initiatives on which decisions have been made since 15 May 2002 to date.