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Monday, 11 May 2015

President proposes referendum on three issues

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President Bronislaw Komorowski on Monday declared that he wanted a referendum on the first-past-the-post voting system, abolishing state-budget financing of political parties, and changes to the tax law.
 
"I propose a national referendum on three issues. ... I want Poles to state their view on the introduction of single-member constituencies. I will submit a draft amendment to the constitution enabling these to be introduced", the president said.
 
"The second issue is abolishing financing for political parties from the state budget. ... The third matter is a draft amendment to the tax law that assumes resolving any legal doubts to the (taxpayer's) advantage", Bronislaw Komorowski added.
 
To call a referendum, Poland's president needs the Senate’s consent. The Senate has 14 days from receiving the president's draft proposal to reach a decision in the form of a resolution.
 
During those two weeks the draft is reviewed by the relevant Senate committees. The president may be asked for additional information about the draft.
 
The Senate resolution is passed with an absolute majority of votes, with at least half the senators present. If approved, a given referendum must be held within 90 days of the Senate's decision.
 
A referendum is legally binding if more than half of those entitled to vote take part. (PAP)

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