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Jarosław Gowin is to be the first witness of the investigative committee on envelope elections

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Envelope elections are already under the microscope of the investigative committee. It met for the first meeting before Christmas, and now it is specifying its plans. The first witness will be former Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin. His hearing will take place on January 9. Next in line will be former Speaker of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek. Mateusz Morawicki and Jacek Sasin will also be summoned.

He was a minister in the governments of Donald Tusk, Beata Szydło and Mateusz Morawiecki. Now Jarosław Gowin will be the first witness to answer questions from the investigative committee on envelope elections. – I think he has a lot of information, especially the political creme de la creme, where the talks took place at Nowogrodzka Street, or at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, or in Warsaw’s Żoliborz district – says Tomasz Trela, an MP from the Left.

Jarosław Gowin, former Minister of Justice during the PO-PSL government. He left the Civic Platform in 2013. He founded his own party – its members ran from the Law and Justice lists in 2015. Gowin held the position of deputy prime minister for 6 years – during which time he headed two ministries. He resigned after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, when PiS was pushing for postal elections. Six months after leaving, Jarosław Gowin returned to the government, but for less than a year.

– It can be said that this will be a hearing that may be one of the key ones in the activities of the envelope commission – notes Mirosław Adam Orliński, MP from the Polish People’s Party.

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Ultimately, Jarosław Gowin’s Agreement was excluded from the United Right a year later. The reason was the Polish Order. Now he may turn out to be a key witness for the commission of inquiry into envelope elections. Jarosław Gowin is scheduled to appear at the meeting on January 9.

– Jarosław Gowin left the government under certain conditions and I understand that he has a grudge against Law and Justice politicians, so in my opinion he will not be a reliable witness – says Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, an MP from Law and Justice.

However, not only the attitude towards politicians, but the entire undertaking of postal elections may be significant for the committee.

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Who else will be questioned?

During the pandemic in 2020, the then government decided that the Polish Security Printing Works would start printing electoral cards without adopting the act on postal elections. At the same time, Jacek Sasin argued that elections in this form, by post, would take place.

– Now we need to find the culprits, who is responsible, who made the decisions – both formal and political, because we owe it to our citizens – emphasizes Trela.

By the commission’s decision, Mateusz Morawiecki and Jacek Sasin will also be questioned. MP Dariusz Joński, who is the chairman of the committee, informs that it may be in February. Michał Dworczyk, Artur Soboń, Mariusz Kamiński, Elżbieta Witek, but also Jarosław Kaczyński will also appear before the committee.

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– Due to the fact that the government majority was based on PiS MPs, I think that President Kaczyński should be summoned before the committee – argued Bartosz Romowicz, MP from Poland 2050, during the committee’s deliberations.

In addition, the following are to be called as witnesses: Tomasz Zdzikot, former president of Poczta Polska, Marek Zagórski, then Minister of Digital Affairs, head of the Supreme Audit Office Marian Banaś, as well as Ewa Wrzosek – the prosecutor who initiated the investigation into the envelope elections.

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