President Bronislaw Komorowski on Wednesday sent to the Senate a draft call for a referendum on single-member constituencies, abolishing the state-budget financing of political parties and tax law changes. The planned date is September 6.
To call a referendum, the 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.
In the referendum Poles are to say whether they are for or against single-member constituencies, if they are for or against the current financing of political parties from the state budget and if they are for or against resolving any legal doubts regarding tax laws to the taxpayer's advantage.
The president explained that a referendum means that it will be Poles, and not political parties, who will have the opportunity to present their opinions.
"And I hope that the Sejm (lower house) will start debating the issue when Poles have already voiced their opinions," Bronislaw Komorowski said.
On Tuesday the president sent to the Sejm draft amendments to the Constitution eliminating a legal barrier to introducing single-member constituencies in elections to the Sejm. (PAP)