Poland to hold presidential ballot on June 28

2020-06-03 11:39 update: 2020-06-08, 11:15
Photo PAP/Mateusz Marek
Photo PAP/Mateusz Marek
Poland will hold its presidential election on June 28, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Elzbieta Witek announced on Wednesday.

Poles will be able to vote in polling stations with adherence to a strict sanitary regime, or by post.

By her Wednesday announcement, Witek restarted the election process after the failed May 10 elections, which were cancelled at the last minute under an agreement by the ruling coalition leaders and amid technical problems with organising the vote, which was to be an all-postal one.

Candidates registered for the May 10 vote will not have to re-register for the new ballot, but new candidates will need to gather 100,000 signatures to run in the election. For the time being, this concerns Rafal Trzaskowski, the candidate of the main opposition bloc, the centrist Civic Coalition, whose previous candidate, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska, withdrew from the race amid falling support.

Poland's parliament passed the relevant bill on Tuesday afternoon and President Andrzej Duda signed it into law on the same day. (PAP)

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