Rule of Law
It’s a long way to ‘Polexit’
15 October 2021
There is no doubt that the government will do anything in its power, including dirty tricks, to ensure the sound re-election of Andrzej Duda whose job will be to rubber-stamp whatever Kaczyński will expect of him. A defeat for Duda may begin the process of Poland’s return to constitutional order. However, this is by no means an assured conclusion.
Poland’s National Electoral Commission (Państwowa Komisja Wyborcza), charged with supervising election processes, has declared that the presidential election intended to be held on 10 May was invalid since there was no possibility to vote for any of the registered candidates. The speaker of the Sejm will declare a new date for the election within 14 days after this announcement.
The cancellation is a result of an agreement between two party leaders – Jarosław Kaczyński and Jarosław Gowin – neither of whom holds a government position.
According to recent opinion polls none of the candidates, including incumbent Andrzej Duda, will score over 50 per cent in the first round of the election.