Mateusz Morawiecki. Photograph: Reuters
- A legal investigation has been launched towards the Poland prime minister and different authorities officers over final 12 months’s presidential election.
- The Poland elections have been held in two rounds in June and July 2020.
- Poland’s audit workplace stated Morawiecki and a senior aide had overstepped their powers by attempting to organise the election.
The top of Poland’s Supreme Audit Workplace stated on Tuesday he had requested prosecutors to launch a legal investigation towards Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and different prime authorities officers over final 12 months’s presidential election.
Nonetheless, it was unclear whether or not prosecutors would launch such an investigation. The prosecutors’ workplace in Warsaw was not instantly out there for remark, whereas Morawiecki shrugged off the transfer, saying the federal government had acted constitutionally.
Poland’s presidential election had initially been scheduled to happen on 10 Might, 2020, in the course of the primary wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
The precise-wing Regulation and Justice (PiS) authorities made preparations for a postal poll, arguing that it could possibly be held safely regardless of a rising variety of Covid-19 circumstances and deaths.
Election screens, opposition candidates and EU officers criticised the plan, saying the choice to vary the electoral code permitting for the mail vote was rushed and will stop the vote from being free and honest.
The plan to carry the election on 10 Might ultimately collapsed and the poll was held in a standard approach, in two rounds, in June and July, leading to a second time period for the PiS-backed incumbent, Andrzej Duda.
The audit workplace stated Morawiecki and a senior aide had overstepped their powers by attempting to organise the election, saying this was the only competence of the Nationwide Election Fee.
Marian Banas, head of the audit workplace and a longtime critic of PiS, advised reporters his workplace would notify prosecutors of “a suspicion of against the law dedicated” by Morawiecki and the pinnacle of his chancellery, Michal Dworczyk, based mostly on the outcomes of an audit on preparations for the vote.
Two authorities ministers may face separate prices associated to the election, he stated.
In response, Morawiecki advised a information convention: “Holding the presidential election is a constitutional responsibility, the election dates are outlined within the structure. Because of this we, as the chief energy, have been obliged to organise the election.”
Individually, state-run information company PAP quoted a authorities spokesman as saying that every one choices to begin technical preparations for the postal vote have been authorized.