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There will be another election for the mayor of Korycin. The last one was decided by one vote

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The District Court in Białystok expired the mandate of Mirosław Lech, who won the elections for the mayor of Korycin with one vote. His opponent, as a voter, filed a protest in which she argued that people who did not permanently live in the commune were included in the voter roll. The second round of elections is to be repeated. The judgment is not final.

The ruling was made after considering the election protest. Beata Matyskiel, who submitted it, lost elections in Korycin with one vote with the long-time mayor Mirosław Lech. In the second round, Lech got 732 votes, Matyskiel – 731.

By submitting her protest to the court not as a candidate, but as a voter, Matyskiel alleged that the election of the mayor of Korycin on April 21 this year was invalid. She requested a recount of the votes, a declaration of the expiry of the mandate of the commune mayor and another election.

Mirosław Lech won by one vote PAP/Adam Warżawa

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She alleged violations of the Electoral Code

The protest concerned registration in the commune – between the first and second round of voting – and inclusion on the voting list of people who were not entitled to vote and did not permanently live in the Korycin commune.

The issue of violating the Electoral Code was also raised. The idea was to allow a proxy who did not have an appropriate power of attorney to vote. According to the Electoral Code, a separate power of attorney is required for each round of mayor elections to vote for a given person. The complainant argued in protest that in several cases, powers of attorney were granted before the first round, but also used in the second round, which was illegal.

Main photo source: PAP/Adam Warżawa

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