All Poles eligible to postal voting under ruling party's latest bill

MPs with the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) wrote in the rationale to the bill that due to the epidemic there is an urgent need for extraordinary solutions concerning the modification of the Electoral Code. Leszek Szymański/PAP

All Polish adults will be able to vote in the May 10 presidential election via postal voting amid the spreading coronavirus epidemic, according to a draft law filed with the Sejm (lower house) on Tuesday by ruling party MPs.

MPs with the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) wrote in the rationale to the bill, accessed by PAP, that due to the epidemic there is an urgent need for extraordinary solutions concerning the modification of the Electoral Code.

The opposition has cried foul over an earlier PiS amendment, passed on Friday, which offered postal voting to people over 60, arguing that election rules must not be changed 42 days before the vote.

The opposition and a number of local governments, NGOs, doctors and scientists have appealed to the government to put the presidential vote on hold until the coronavirus crisis is over.

Incumbent President Andrzej Duda, a PiS ally, enjoys a clear lead in opinion polls.