The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) said that the opposition mayoral candidate in Budapest’s District 8 András Pikó had not committed any unlawful act and that DK would stand by him. DK board member Erzsébet Németh Gy,, who is a joint opposition mayoral candidate in Budapest’s 17th district, said that police had launched an investigation against Pikó without any evidence or genuine suspicion of unlawful act committed. She attributed the proceedings to a political mud-slinging campaign launched in the press against ruling Fidesz’s main local challenger. “The only explanation for the investigation is that Pikó has a good chance of replacing Fidesz’s incumbent district mayor.”
Fidesz group leader Máté Kocsis said on Monday that the opposition in District 8 had handled the personal data of voters unlawfully. He cited a report in Monday’s edition of daily Magyar Nemzet showing photographs that allegedly prove that candidates of the opposition alliance had prepared unlawful lists based on voter recommendation slips.