“The project concerns the change of the date of local government elections (i.e. elections to municipal councils, poviat councils, voivodship assemblies, district councils of the Capital City of Warsaw and elections of village heads, mayors and city presidents) by extending the term of local government until April 30, 2024” – it was written in a description of the draft submitted by PiS, which was submitted to the Sejm.
Local elections in 2024?
The topic has been present in the media for a long time, and concrete facts have emerged in recent days. The head of the Republican Party, Adam Bielan, said on Sunday that the local elections would be postponed. In the following days, these words were confirmed by a number of politicians from the ruling party. There were also reports in the media that the president would agree to such a move.
– The necessity to postpone the elections is quite obvious and this is also understood by the institutions that organize the elections, the National Electoral Commission also understands it – said Ryszard Terlecki, the head of the PiS parliamentary club on Tuesday. – It seems to me that the concept of postponing the local elections to April 2024 has already won. That is, the parliamentary elections next year in October, and the local elections six months later, in April – announced the Deputy Speaker of the Sejm.
Prof. Dudek: An absolute scandal
Professor Antoni Dudek in the Rzecz o polityce program on Rzeczpospolita’s YouTube channel said that what PiS is trying to do with the local elections is an “absolute scandal”. – This is trampling once again the spirit of the Constitution – he assessed. As he explained, the constitution does not stipulate that the term of office of local government authorities is 5 years, but the authorities must maintain their term of office.
– It is clear from the Ordinance that there is 6 weeks between the earliest date of parliamentary elections and the latest in accordance with the provisions of local elections. In a country where there is no natural disaster, we are not engulfed in war. Really 6 weeks is enough time to make the second election. And if not, then it will compromise the Polish state – explained the historian.
prof. Dudek indicated the motives which, in his opinion, are guided by the government camp. – The real reasons for this shift, this manipulation of elections are completely different. PiS is afraid that the result of the Sejm elections, if it were unfavorable, would have an impact on local elections. But it is not decisive, because PiS still believes in victory – he said.
Prof. Dudek considers another reason to be the main one. – Many politicians would have to decide whether to run for the Sejm or for the local government. And they do not want to get rid of the luxury of the fact that if they fail in the Sejm elections, they will be able to run for the local government. Here they would have to make up their minds, and they want to stay comfortable. (…) This is the real reason – the comfort and convenience of the ruling party, which does not care about the provisions and spirit of the Constitution. Where it is clearly stated that the authorities must retain their terms of office. You cannot just postpone the election date – reminded the political scientist.
Prof. Dudek also recalled that on the occasion of the presidential election in 2020, Jarosław Kaczyński himself argued that the elections cannot be postponed by even a few months, because the Polish system will collapse. – You can clearly see the hypocrisy of the ruling party – said prof. Dudek.
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