Warsaw, 3 June 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Poland next presidential election, delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and political discord, will be on June 28, lower house Speaker Elzbieta Witek announced on Wednesday.
In line with new rules, signed into law by the president on Tuesday night, voters will be able to chose whether to vote in person or by postal vote.
However, the state electoral commission may, upon the recommendation of the health minister, impose a postal vote requirement in a given region if health conditions warrant, the new law states.
Such an announcement could come as late as seven days ahead of the vote.
Poland was supposed to have its presidential election on May 10, but the ballot was postponed amid political bickering over if, how, and when to conduct an election during the coronavirus pandemic.
While the June 28 ballot will formally be a new election, it will mostly feature the same candidates who would have been on the May 10 ballot, including incumbent Andrzej Duda, supported by governing social-conservative party Law and Justice.
However, Duda’s rival will be new: Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. In order to formally register, Trzaskowski still needs to collect 100,000 signatures. In line with Witek’s announcement, he will have just a week, until June 10, to do so.
In the May 10 vote, candidates had nearly eight weeks to collect the signatures after the date of the election had been announced. These candidates do not need to collect signatures again.
The announcement relaunches the presidential campaign. Although officially suspended, it has been in full swing in recent days.