WARSAW – Vote by mail included in country’s ‘anticrisis’ measures

As Poland reported 1,862 COVID-19 cases (224 on Sunday) and 22 deaths as of Sunday (29 March), the lower chamber of parliament, known as the Sejm, approved the anticrisis measures that are supposed to help entrepreneurs. Yet, during the evening vote, the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party included an amendment which allows people in quarantine to vote by mail.

The amendment is seen as a way to ensure that despite the worsening health situation, presidential elections will still be held on 10 May.

Some opposition candidates called for the boycott of the elections and another candidate, Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, suspended her campaign.

PiS itself is not united in the decision to hold elections, as President Andrzej Duda has said circumstances may make it impossible to hold elections.

(Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl)

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