Former head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk, testified before the investigative commission into correspondence elections that, according to his knowledge, at that time “Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki did not receive information from the ministers about problems with the functioning of Poczta Polska or the Polish Security Printing Works.” – The pandemic of oblivion continues among PiS politicians – later commented the chairman of the committee, Dariusz Joński.
On Tuesday, the parliamentary investigative committee on postal elections continued its interrogation of the former head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Michał Dworczyk.
Dworczyk said that ordering postal elections in 2020 was not within the legal order at that time. – There were no regulations that would allow such a decision to be formulated. However, taking steps to prepare for these elections was perfectly acceptable. And that is why it was formulated this way in the decision signed by the Prime Minister – said Dworczyk.
Dworczyk: each minister is responsible for his area of activity
When asked if he could explain the difference in the scope of services that Poczta Polska was supposed to provide in conducting the elections and preparing for the elections, the head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister replied that unfortunately he “cannot do it”. – Because this decision indicated the Minister of State Assets as the authority that is to sign an agreement with Poczta Polska, which will precisely specify the scope of the activities you are asking about and the cost of these activities – said Dworczyk.
The former head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister pointed out that in Poland, the law determines the scope of competences of individual ministers. – Each minister is responsible for his area of activity. The Prime Minister may ask individual ministers for information, but these ministers still take action in their department within their constitutional possibilities, said Dworczyk.
Dworczyk: we did not conduct any activities that would be outside the law
– At the time we are talking about, the Prime Minister – to the best of my knowledge – had no information from the ministers about problems related to the operation of the Post Office or the operation of the Polish Security Printing Works (PWPW) – he added.
Dworczyk also said that, to his knowledge, those in power at that time did not conduct any activities that “were outside the law.” – Moreover, the district court of the capital city of Warsaw commented on this matter – he added.
Joński: the pandemic of oblivion continues among PiS politicians
The testimony was later commented on by the chairman of the commission, Dariusz Joński, in a conversation with journalists. – The pandemic of oblivion continues among PiS politicians. Fortunately, there are documents that we obtain every week. We are richer not only for the e-mails we present here, but also for the documents we will present in the near future, he said.
He added that the testimonies so far reveal “total chaos” that was to prevail in the government in connection with the planned organization of the elections.
Dworczyk himself explained that as far as his lack of knowledge is concerned, “it concerns the scope of activities of other state bodies, and not the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.” – In my opinion, I spoke quite precisely on this matter. Of course, there were situations in which I did not remember the details, but I remembered what was within the scope of my duties and I answered precisely the parliamentarians’ questions, he said.
Jabłoński, excluded from the commission’s work, will be called as a witness
At the same time, the investigative committee decided to exclude PiS MP Paweł Jabłoński from its work. This was related to the disclosed content of the e-mail, which shows that Jabłoński was supposed to consult on the annulment of the decision of then Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki after the elections were not held. PiS MPs did not take part in the vote on the exclusion and left the room.
In addition, a decision was made to summon Jabłoński before the commission as a witness.
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