WARSAW – New election date announced

Parliament Speaker Elizabeth Witek announced the new date for  Poland’s presidential election would be 28 June, despite it having been initially scheduled for 10 May. Besides, voting will take place in-person in polling stations, although voting by mail will still be permitted for those in isolation or quarantine.

In her speech, Witek also accused the opposition of “only working on how to torpedo these elections”, referring to discussions in the Senate on possibly postponing elections for August, once Andrzej Duda had finished his term. However, such an option would have left his post vacant for several months.

In response, Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki told online portal Onet that “the Senate did its job and improved [the law on presidential elections] to the maximum extent.”

“We are sorry that the Sejm traditionally did not use all our amendments. For me, the winner of this election, whoever he is, will be the legally elected president,” he added.

Right after the election date was announced, the presidential campaign was officially launched by Warsaw’s major Rafal Trzaskowski, who, as a new candidate, has to collect 100,000 signatures in order for his name to appear on the ballot. (Łukasz Gadzała | EURACTIV.pl)

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