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Voting on the Polish Institute of Family and Demography. The opposition wants a reassumption of the vote. MEPs say that the system has not counted their votes

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The Polish Coalition – PSL has announced that it will submit a request to reassume the vote on the project to establish the Polish Institute of Family and Demography. Two opposition deputies Iwona Hartwich from the Civic Coalition and Bożena Żelazowska from the KP-PSL claim that the vote counting system in the Sejm did not take into account their votes. 204 MPs were in favor of rejecting the bill in its entirety at first reading, while 205 were against.

On Thursday, the Sejm voted on the motions (KO, Lewica and Poland 2050) to reject the draft by PiS MPs on the establishment of the Polish Institute of Family and Demography in the first reading. To be rejected idea criticized by the opposition one vote was missing. 204 MPs voted against the rejection, 205 against. 19 Law and Justice MPs abstained. Among others, seven members of the KO were absent during the vote: Magdalena Filiks, Kinga Gajewska, Riad Haidar, Maciej Lasek, Aleksander Miszalski, Sławomir Piechota and Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska. Iwona Hartwich (KO) also did not vote, and later informed about the failure of the voting system.

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Vote No. 21 at the 43rd session of the Sejm (on December 2)sejm.gov.pl

The Polish-PSL coalition has announced a motion to reassume the vote

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TVN24 reporter Maja Wójcikowska reported on Friday from the Sejm that two MPs – Iwona Hartwich from the Civic Coalition and Bożena Żelazowska from the Polish Coalition – PSL, who were considered not to take part in the vote, said in the morning that they were sitting in parliamentary seats all the time and voted in all other previous votes and nothing has changed here either.

MPs in the SejmPAP / Tomasz Gzell

As Wójcikowska said, MP Hartwich, immediately after seeing the result of the vote, submitted a motion to the Marshal of the Sejm, claiming that it was different than the official results indicate. On the other hand, MP Żelazowska announced that she would submit a motion for reassumption. Signatures are collected under it. The request is to be submitted at the continuation of the Sejm session, which will take place next week.

Katarzyna Lubnauer, a member of the Civic Coalition, when asked about Thursday’s voting, said that there was “a feeling of bad luck”. She noted that some KO MPs were in quarantine. She added that the Speaker of the Sejm should consider reassuming the vote. – Machines from one PSL deputy failed, and one from us from the Civic Coalition failed, and the majority of PiS broke down – she said.

According to PAP, the absences of all seven Coalition MPs were excused. Most of them are on sick leave. This is the case of Riad Haidar, Maciej Lasek, Aleksander Miszalski, Sławomir Piechota and Iwona Śledzińska-Katarasińska. Magdalena Filiks, in turn, has a daughter in the hospital, and Kinga Gajewska did not manage to return to voting from a business trip abroad.

MPs in the SejmPAP / Tomasz Gzell

Lubnauer on a request for remote voting

The Civic Coalition asked the Marshal of the Sejm, Elżbieta Witek, to allow for remote voting, for example, those who are in quarantine due to the pandemic. – We applied for remote votes in covid cases. We are not supporters of a remote Sejm, where statements are made remotely, in which there is no real debate, in which ministers do not appear on committees, but sit somewhere in their offices and show themselves remotely. This is not a real Seym, but voting by people who are in isolation, remotely, should be possible – she said.

Voting in the SejmPAP / Tomasz Gzell

As she assessed, this is an exceptional situation, because people in quarantine do not have the right to leave their home to come to work in the Sejm. According to the deputy chairman of the KO club, talks on this matter will probably continue. – I know that Krzysztof Gawkowski, among others, the head of the Left-wing club, Krzysztof Gawkowski, spoke about it very openly at the Convention of Seniors – noted Lubnauer.

Koalicja Obywatelska, like Koalicja Polska – PSL, is considering submitting a motion for a reassumption of the vote on the rejection of the bill on the Polish Institute of Family and Demography.

“We will be discussing this in the club college,” Lubnauer said. In her opinion, the problem of defective “voting machines” is wider and does not concern only two female members. – There is no doubt that the situation in which we are not sure whether the machine will work or not is a sick situation – said the KO deputy.

Main photo source: PAP / Tomasz Gzell



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