President proposes October 13 as date for national elections

2019-08-02 20:40 update: 2019-08-04, 19:18
Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak
Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday that he had proposed October 13 as the date for Poland's parliamentary elections but an official announcement of the date will be made next week.

"Immediately after receiving the opinion of the State Electoral Commission (PKW) on the election calendar, I will announce the date," Duda told private TV broadcaster Polsat.

He said that in his resolution sent to the PKW he had proposed Sunday, October 13, because he would like the election campaign to be as short as possible.

"The president's decision on the scheduling of elections will be announced without delay after I receive a response from the State Electoral Commission," Duda said, adding that the procedure is already in progress.

"I think you can expect (the opinion of the PKW and an election announcement - PAP) next week," the president said.

Meanwhile, the head of the PKW, Magdalena Pietrzak, told PAP the PKW will deal with the presidential draft resolution on the scheduling of elections to the Sejm (lower house) and the Senate at a Monday afternoon sitting and on Tuesday the PKW's opinion will be sent to the President's Office. (PAP)