Warsaw court says PM's election decision grossly violated the law

The Warsaw Administrative Court on Tuesday ruled that PM Mateusz Morawiecki by obligating the Polish Post service to prepare a fully postal presidential election this past May grossly violated the law.

"This is a surprising decision for us," government spokesman Piotr Muller said, commenting on the court's decision.

He added that the ruling is not final. "We are awaiting the justification for the verdict to decide whether to appeal," he said.

The spokesman added that it should be remembered that the decision was made "when we were dealing with an epidemic in Poland… and according to the provisions of the constitution, the election should have taken place on May 10."

The government spokesman also said that Mr Morawiecki decided to order the election held in the form of an all postal vote which at the time was "considered to be the safest form." Mr Muller stressed that the PM's decision had been issued in line with the law.

He also reiterated that the PM's decision to entrust the Polish Post service with the organisation of the election by mail was made in special circumstances. "The whole world was struggling with an unprecedented pandemic," he emphasised.

The PM's April decision was brought to court by the country’s Ombudsman, Adam Bodnar. Eventually, the first round of the presidential election was held on June 28 and the run-off on July 12.