The decision of President Andrzej Duda to order parliamentary elections was published in the Journal of Laws. This means that from now on, the election campaign before the elections to the Sejm and the Senate, which will take place on October 15, is formally underway.
The President’s decision on the ordering of elections to the Sejm of the Republic of Poland and the Senate of the Republic of Poland indicated that the vote was ordered for October 15, 2023. It entered into force on the day of its announcement.
The publication of the decision in the Journal of Laws marks the formal start of the election campaign. It will last until October 13 until midnight. Voting day will be preceded by a 24-hour election silence. Polling stations will be open from 7.00 am to 21.00.
Parliamentary elections 2023. The campaign has started
The course of the election campaign is strictly regulated by the electoral code. During its duration, the committees must comply with, among other things, financial limits, and mark election materials in a certain way.
During the campaign, the committees may also file lawsuits in the electoral mode, if they believe that competitors are disseminating false information about them. They may demand: a ban on the dissemination of such information, forfeiture of election materials containing such information, an order to rectify such information, an order to publish responses to statements infringing personal rights, an order to apologize to the person whose personal rights have been violated, or order a participant in the proceedings to pay an amount of up to PLN 100,000 for public benefit organizations.
This type of application is considered by the district court within 24 hours in non-litigious proceedings.
Election calendar. Key dates
Along with the decision to order elections, an election calendar was also published, in which the deadlines for performing individual electoral activities were specified.
The first step is to notify the National Electoral Commission of the establishment of an election committee, a coalition election committee or an electoral committee of voters. Party bodies and election proxies have until August 28 to do so. District election commissions must also be established by this date.
Until September 6, at 4 p.m., there is time to submit a list of candidates for deputies and candidates for senators. Precinct electoral commissions must be established by September 25. In turn, by October 5, district electoral commissions must provide, in the form of an announcement, information about the registered lists of candidates for deputies and senators.
From September 30 to October 13, until midnight, the committees will be able to broadcast election programs prepared by them free of charge on public radio and television.