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Polish Deputy PM: Post offices are ready for postal voting

Polish parliament decides on postal voting during the upcoming presidential election

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Salon24/Rmf.fm

Deputy PM Jacek Sasin believes that postponing the elections by a week would help prepare them due to delays in the Senate, where the majority belongs to the opposition. The Senate is still to vote on correspondence or postal voting.

Sasin pointed out that due to the attitude taken by the Senate to hold the bill until the last possible moment, postponing the elections from May 10 to May 17 would be advised as the hold-up impedes preparations for the elections.

“From the point of view of properly preparing the elections, it is obvious that May 17 is a much better date than May 10,” the politician said.

The procedures are ready

Sasin explained that ballot papers should be delivered to specially designed mailboxes which will be located in front of voting stations and post offices. He added that the boxes will be transparent like voting boxes and will be guarded.

The Deputy PM said that up until now, voters could vote in 22,000 designated places and those will be supplied with boxes, as well as an additional 5,000 post offices. Voters will also be able to cast their ballot papers in any box in the municipality in which they are registered.

On April 6, the Sejm passed a bill which entails that presidential elections in 2020 will be held exclusively through correspondence voting. According to the new laws, the Speaker of the Sejm may postpone the elections to a date given in the resolution at an earlier point. The bill is currently being deliberated over in the Senate.

Opposition Speaker of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki declared that the Senate will be carefully analyzing the bill and will use all of its 30-day period to do so.

Grodzki believes that there are many doubts concerning the bill and requires the opinions of epidemiologists, the National Electoral Commission, the Ombudsman and the Supreme Court.

The deputy PM said that up till now, voters could vote in 22 000 designated places and those will be supplied with boxes, as well as an additional 5 000 post offices. Voters will also be able to cast their ballot papers in any box in the municipality in which they are registered.

On April 6, the Sejm passed a bill which entails that presidential elections in 2020 will be held exclusively through correspondence voting. According to the new laws, the Speaker of the Sejm may postpone the elections to a date given in the resolution earlier. The bill is currently being deliberated over in the Senate.

Opposition Speaker of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki declared, that the Senate will be carefully analyzing the bill and will use all of its 30 day period to do so.

Grodzki believed that there are many doubts concerning the bill and requires the opinions of epidemiologists, the National Electoral Commission, the Ombudsman and the Supreme Court.