Election date may not be kept if coronavirus keeps raging - president

Duda said that the election date had been set for May 10, but no one really knows what will happen on that date. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

If the coronavirus epidemic continues to rage and current restrictions are continued, then it may prove impossible to hold the presidential election on May 10, said President Andrzej Duda on Saturday evening.

Duda told public news station TVP Info: "Elections are a very important element, because elections ensure the continuity of state powers, therefore they are vital." He added that the constitution determines the presidential term and it "clearly states the term is five years."

He said that the election date had been set for May 10, but no one really knows what will happen on that date. "I said I hoped that after the (Easter –PAP) holidays the situation would calm down and that we would return to a normal life and, of course, I do hope the proper conditions will exist to hold the election," said the president.