The head of the PiS club and the deputy speaker of the Sejm, Ryszard Terlecki, announced that no changes to the electoral law are planned. – We looked at how various changes could affect the election results, but it seems that the current law is optimal – he said in the Third Program of Polish Radio.
The deputy speaker of the Sejm, head of the Law and Justice club, was asked on Tuesday in the Third Program of Polish Radio whether the idea of changing the parliamentary ordinance was postponed until the next term. – We’ve already put it off for good. There will be no work on changes to the ordinance – he said Ryszard Terlecki.
– We looked at how various changes could affect the election result, but it seems that the current law is optimal – he added.
What about local elections?
Terlecki was also asked about the project concerning postponement of local elections. He replied that, as far as he knew, the draft had already been written and was to be submitted to the Sejm, but – as he noted – talks were underway, “it seems to me that, first of all, with the president”.
The head of the Law and Justice club said that he had not seen the draft, but heard that it was there and “was supposed to go to the Sejm somewhere at the end of June”. – It seems that all parties, both the Sejm and the PKW [Państwowa Komisja Wyborcza – przyp. red.]and, most of all, the president, understand the need for such a movement. It means postponing the local elections by a few months, but there is no decision yet, he reserved.
He noted that it was a one-off postponement of the election date. – Postponing the elections to – let’s say – April also has a positive meaning for these local governments – he said. In this context, he pointed out that if the elections were held in the fall, the newly elected authorities already had a ready budget with which they had to continue working. – On the other hand, if the elections were held in spring, these newly established local government bodies could shape their budgets – he said.
Local elections are scheduled for the fall of 2023 due to the fact that in 2018 the term of local governments was extended from 4 to 5 years (the last local elections took place on October 21, 2018). At the same time, in the fall of 2023, the constitutional date of parliamentary elections falls (the last one took place on October 13, 2019).
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