On Sunday, the Poles were supposed to elect their president, but polling stations will not open and no one can vote in these elections, which have not been officially canceled or postponed, and will enter history as a rare case of vague voting.
This situation resulted from the spread of the new Corona virus, as well as the inability of the ruling national conservatives and the opposition to come to terms with a constitutional solution acceptable to both parties.
The leader of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and his ally, leader of the "Understanding" party, Jaroslaw Govin, who wanted to postpone the poll, confirmed that they had reached this solution on Wednesday.
They said in a statement: "When the tenth of May date passes and the Supreme Court notes, as expected, the election is not valid due to its non-conduct, the President of Parliament will announce new presidential elections at the first possible date."
"We are entering into an atmosphere of futility," said political expert Stanislav Mucic, dean of Collegium Civitas University, adding that the declaration "appears to be an order issued to the court."
The current situation resulted from a set of conflicting interests and controversial decisions. In the face of the risk of Covid-19 infection being transmitted heavily in polling stations, the ruling party proposed a vote on a law mandating election by correspondence.
But this text, criticized by defenders of the constitution and rejected by the opposition in the Senate, arrived too late to allow the organization of the vote.
At the same time, the ruling party refused to postpone the presidential elections demanded by the opposition whose candidates were unable to campaign, and also three of every four Poles want it, according to opinion polls.
Under the constitution, the postponement of the presidential elections necessitates declaring a state of natural disaster.
Officially, the ruling party saw that the health situation did not require this, and hinted in semi-official ways that multinationals operating in Poland could claim massive compensation that the state could not pay.
However, the opposition sees another reason for this, which is that the conservative party wants to ensure the victory of the outgoing President, Andrzej Doda, to which he belongs.
Doda, who leads the polls, could have been re-elected from the first round, but his chances of winning could be diminished over time, especially as the economic repercussions of the epidemic unfold and its effects on companies and families, and with unemployment rising.