In political terms, Jarosław Gowin paid the highest price – he lost his position in the government and his party, he is absent from the Sejm and from political life. On Tuesday, he will appear before the Sejm investigative committee to talk about the blocking of the so-called envelope elections, where the budget lost PLN 76 million.
On Tuesday, former Deputy Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin will appear before the first investigative commission appointed this term. – He was one of the first to say that he did not agree to envelope elections – notes Dariusz Joński, MP from Inicjatywa Polska.
In the spring of 2020, the then government was pushing for the presidential elections at all costs, when the first wave of COVID-19 cases was spreading around the world. It was then that the decision was made to organize the so-called envelope elections, for which the government spent well over PLN 70 million. In the ruling camp, Jarosław Gowin was actually the only one who opposed postal voting on a mass scale. This first caused an earthquake in the coalition and the collapse of Gowin’s party. He himself left the government, did not run in the elections, and the whole matter cost him with his health. Now he is to be one of the main witnesses of the investigative commission. – I expect him to tell the truth – emphasizes Dariusz Joński.
The former deputy prime minister may be asked questions about who decided to hold the elections and who decided to print the ballots and on what terms. PiS MPs also prepared their questions. The thesis of MP Waldemar Buda is that Gowin allegedly refused to accept postal elections in exchange for political money from the opposition. This is what the PiS MP will want to prove on Tuesday. – For his promise to become marshal, he was supposed to block these elections within the United Right community – emphasizes Waldemar Buda. Politicians of the democratic coalition say this is nonsense.
It was PiS that wanted the elections and they were to be organized by Poczta Polska, which demanded that local governments hand over voter lists, which the court had already found illegal. The Prime Minister also exceeded his powers – this was stated by the court and the Supreme Audit Office. The new majority now wants to know whose idea it was, who insisted on elections and why. – The PiS government was just wondering how to conduct the elections quickly so that their candidate would win – argues Dariusz Joński.
After Gowin, the next witnesses will also include Mateusz Morawiecki, Elżbieta Witek, Jacek Sasin and Jarosław Kaczyński. PiS wanted to summon Rafał Trzaskowski and Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska to the committee, but the majority did not agree to this. – If we want to explain why PLN 70 million was actually wasted, we must look for the culprits and find out where the electoral process was blocked and stopped – adds Waldemar Buda. The committee wants to work every week and hear witnesses every week. – The government coalition would like this scandal related to the envelope elections to be resolved as soon as possible. Especially since a lot of data has already been collected – emphasizes Bartosz Romowicz, MP from Poland 2050-Third Way. The committee’s report is expected to be ready in a few months.
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