Poland's Supreme Court says that presidential election is valid
The Chamber of Extraordinary Control and Public Affairs of Poland's Supreme Court on Monday announced that the presidential election held in July 2020 was valid.
"The Supreme Court (...) confirms the validity of the election of Andrzej Sebastian Duda to the office of the Polish president held on July 12, 2020," reads the Monday resolution of the court.
Supreme Court spokesperson Aleksander Stepkowski said after the court's decision that now nothing stood in the way of re-elected President Andrzej Duda's August 6 swearing in, which will officially launch his second term in office.
In its ruling, the court also addressed complaints about the candidates' vastly uneven access to mass media during the election campaign. The court said media access hindrances did not invalidate the election result as long as media plurality was unrestricted by law or in practice, but remarked that it is a "good practice" for public authorities to remain neutral during elections.
The Supreme Court received a total of 5,847 protests concerning the recent presidential election. In the case of 93 protests, the charges were found to be grounded in whole or in part, though they did not affect the result of the election.
The Supreme Court adopts a resolution on the validity of elections within 21 days of their results being published by the State Electoral Commission (PKW). The Supreme Court rules on the validity of the president's election on the basis of opinions on examined protests and an election report issued by the National Electoral Commission (PKW).
President Andrzej Duda was reelected for a five-year term of office on July 12 with 51.03 percent of the vote. Rafal Trzaskowski, his contender running for the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), received 48.97 percent. The turnout in the run-off vote reached 68.18 percent.