As I mentioned yesterday, I don't want to go into the details of how MDF finally managed to put together a list in Budapest despite intense efforts by some to prevent it. My only comment is that I have never in my life heard of a system that would allow these absolutely endless legal maneuvers that can be undertaken at various jurisdictional levels across a swath of so-called competencies. For instance, when all possibilities are finally exhausted on the official level (election committees, courts) then individuals go to the police and often on the basis of bogus accusations try to stop individuals from running. And because the police must investigate, and in Hungary they investigate very slowly, these cases can drag on and on while a cloud remains over the head of the candidate.
I will list some of these attempts against MDF candidates. There was Tamás Nagy who was the first to collect the necessary number of endorsements. He thought everything was fine when a "citizen" accused him of fraud. The investigation is still underway. Tibor Mészáros got enough endorsements but among them were two that, though properly filled out, used slips that were photocopies. Criminal proceedings were launched. In another case a citizen wrote a letter (handwritten) to the police in which he claimed that he hadn't endorsed Miklós Csapody of MDF but gave his endorsement to another party's candidate. He charged election fraud.
Something very similar happened in the County of Nógrád to Dániel Bali. Again an individual in a handwritten letter claimed that his gave his endorsement slip to somebody else. Criminal proceedings began in this case as well. In Tibor Farkas's case the police were overzealous. After a similar announcement the police went to the MDF headquarters and seized all of his already accepted endorsement slips. The other case involved Viktor Szabadai, MDF-SZDSZ candidate in Budapest. This one has an interesting twist. Proceedings against him for election fraud were launched by the MSZP delegate on the local election committee. The MSZP member together with the other committee members had earlier accepted Szabadai's endorsements. However, he received a handwritten letter from a concerned citizen who claimed that he didn't endorse Szabadi. That very night two policemen arrived to look around the premises.
One of the latest oddities in the concerted effort to get rid of MDF was the case of Zoltán Király. In this case during one of the many court appearances in this long running MDF battle for recognition Király was present in the courtroom when the lawyer of the deputy mayor of Óbuda and Fidesz chairman of the third district announced that Király's case is being investigated in connection with possible electoral fraud because of another handwritten complaint by a citizen. The interesting thing was that Zoltán Király knew absolutely nothing about any police investigation against him. How did this lawyer know the details of a procedure against Király when Király himself didn't? One of those puzzling aspects of Hungarian jurisprudence.
Finally, in some cases "friendly" or not so friendly warnings, often by the person's boss, prevented some people from accepting the nomination. There were apparently quite a few such cases. Thus, it seems to me at least that there was a serious effort to prevent MDF from participating in the 2010 elections.
No doubt it is to the advantage of the bigger parties to get rid of the smaller ones if possible. But simple parliamentary mathematics is not enough to explain this case. Why only MDF? Why not LMP? There is more here than political calculation. I suspect it is Fidesz's immense hatred of MDF and Ibolya Dávid.