Polish Senate head says election should be held when safe to do so

"The election should not be held on May 10. It should take place on a date which will ensure the security and health of voters, as well as all people servicing the voting process," Grodzki underlined. Rafał Guz/PAP

Polish Senate (upper house) Speaker Tomasz Grodzki believes that the presidential election should be held on a date which will ensure the security of voters and electoral committee staff.

Grodzki stated on Monday that the Civic Coalition (KO) had suggested that a state of emergency should be introduced in Poland, in order to prevent an election from being held during the coronavirus epidemic.

"The election should not be held on May 10. It should take place on a date which will ensure the security and health of voters, as well as all people servicing the voting process. It should also meet democratic standards, since this is what arouses many doubts among domestic and European institutions," he underlined.

The Senate will start a debate on a draft concerning the postal vote during the 2020 presidential election during its two-day sitting starting on Tuesday.

The Sejm adopted the draft on April 6. It will return to the lower house if it is either amended by the Senate or if senators motion for its rejection. An absolute majority is needed in the Sejm to reject both the amendments and the motion.