Polish gov't officials suggest election on May 10 not possible

Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin underlined that May 10 was a date which was "rather difficult to keep." Wojtek Jargiło/PAP

Polish government officials on Monday expressed their opinion that it would be rather impossible to hold the presidential election on May 10.

Head of the PM's Office Michał Dworczyk stated that "it is very likely that we will not be able to prepare the election on May 10, due to existing political tensions."

In accordance with the Constitution, the election must be held by May 23, at the latest.

Asked when the election could take place, Dworczyk expressed his hope that "it will be held on the date envisaged by the Constitution, and that the parliamentary majority will do its best to keep this date."

He admitted that the current political situation was difficult and that it was accompanied by the global coronavirus epidemic and the economic crisis, as well as the political tension caused by preparations for the election.

A similar opinion was voiced by Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin who underlined that May 10 was a date which was "rather difficult to keep." At the same time, he said that the election had to be held by May 23.

Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski warned that if the draft on postal voting was rejected, Poland could face a political crisis. "But I hope this will not happen," he added.

Szumowski stated that in the current situation postal voting was safer than the traditional voting, and repeated that, in his opinion, the current term of office of the president should be extended by two years if postal voting could not be held.

The Sejm adopted a draft concerning the postal vote during the 2020 presidential election on April 6. The upper house is expected to send it back to the lower house on May 6.