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POLAND: Presidential Election Date

According to the media, the upcoming presidential election will take place on 10 May 2020 – exactly 5 years of the previous election. The formal decision will, however, be made by the Speaker of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek – this will take place no later than on 6 February 2020. According to the constitution, the election has to take place no earlier than 100 days and no later than 75 days before the end of the presidential term – 6 August 2020. If no candidate receives over 50% of votes in the first round, a second-round will be called and will take place within 14 days of the first. Presidential candidates were not surprised by the suggested date. According to Civic Platform’s Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, the date should be confirmed as soon as possible. This will allow the candidates to formally begin campaigning. President Andrzej Duda has not officially entered the Presidential race. While his candidacy is inevitable, the delay is reportedly part of a strategy, which will adjust his campaign to the spectrum of other contenders. On 18 January the Confederation will nominate its candidate. The announcement of the final major contender will likely correspond with a confirmation of an election date by Sejm Speaker Elżbieta Witek.