In another vote, the Sejm rejected the motion to adjourn the meeting. Earlier, the Marshal of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek, ordered a reassumption of the vote, which was lost by Law and Justice. 229 deputies voted “for” the reassumption, and one vote was “against”. The first postponement vote was one of four that Law and Justice lost on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, MPs backed the motion of the president of the Polish People’s Party, Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, to postpone the session of the Sejm. 229 members supported the motion, 227 were against. No one abstained. Marshal Elżbieta Witek announced the break.
After about two hours, Members returned to the hemicycle. The Marshal informed that she had received a request for a reassumption of the vote on the adjournment of the session of the Sejm. She stressed that she had analyzed him. This conclusion, she said, refers to the fact that “no date was given”. “I consulted five lawyers who confirmed that this motion could be voted on at this hearing,” she said.
“The fault is clearly mine,” she pointed out.
She added that in such a situation, which took place in accordance with the rules of the Sejm, the decision was up to the Marshal. Therefore, there will be a reassumption of this vote, she said.
After these words, there were shouts in the room: “fraudsters, how much have you paid”
224 members of the club voted for the reassumption Law and Justice, three deputies Kukiz’15 – Paweł Kukiz, Jarosław Sachajko and Stanisław Żuk – as well as two non-attached Members – Zbigniew Ajchler and Łukasz Mejza.
The MP from the circle was against the repetition of the vote Polish Affairs Zbigniew Girzyński. One MP abstained – Marek Zagórski from PiS.
Sejm against adjournment
Then, another vote was held on the motion to adjourn the session of the Sejm. This time 229 MPs voted “against”, with 225 votes “for” and one abstention. The Sejm resumed its deliberations.
In the second vote on the adjournment of the session, 224 deputies were against Pis. One, Marek Zagórski, abstained from voting. Two MPs from Law and Justice did not take part in the vote: Violetta Porowska and Marek Wesoły. From the PiS club, Stanisław Bukowiec, Magdalena Sroka, Michał Wypij, Iwona Michałek and Jarosław Gowin – all from the Agreement – voted for the motion.
All Members Left (47), Of the Polish Coalition – Polish People’s Party (24), the parliamentary group Poland 2050 (7) and the parliamentary group Polish Affairs (4) were in favor of postponing the session of the Sejm. 125 members Civic Coalition also endorsed the request. One KO MP, Bogusław Sonik, did not vote.
MPs against the postponement of the vote Kukiz’15: Paweł Kukiz, Jarosław Sachajko and Stanisław Żuk, who supported the motion in an earlier vote. Once again, MP Stanisław Tyszka supported the motion.
Nine members once again voted in favor of postponing the meeting Confederation. Two – Konrad Berkowicz and Grzegorz Braun – did not vote.
Two were also “against” the adjournment non-attached Members: Zbigniew Ajchler and Łukasz Mejza. Three non-attached MPs – Ryszard Galla, Monika Pawłowska and Paweł Zalewski – supported the motion.
Law and Justice also lost three other votes earlier. They concerned the extension of the agenda to include: information from the President of the Supreme Audit Office, Marian Banas, on the irregularities in the organization of the presidential elections in May last year, information from the Minister of Health on the organization of the National Vaccination Program, and information from the Prime Minister on the National Reconstruction Plan.
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Lex anti-TVN in the Sejm
During the Wednesday voting block, the deputies were to deal, inter alia, with the draft amendment to the Broadcasting Act, known as the lex anti-TVN. In the opinion of commentators, the draft submitted by PiS targets the independence of TVN. Many journalists, politicians and institutions protested against the changes in the media law.
Main photo source: PAP / Wojciech Olkuśnik