The tragic death of President Lech Kaczynski and representatives of major political parties in Poland has definitely entangled the president election situation in Poland.
The Civic Platform candidate for the president office– Bronisław Komorowski – took over the responsibilities of the deceased Lech Kaczynski. Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) has lost its candidate, Jerzy Szmajdziński, in the tragic crash and now seeks for a new representative for the presidential office. As for now two natural candidates, president of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski and Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz, known for signing the Accession Treaty that paved way to Polish membership in the European Union, have refused to be candidates. The other potential candidates to be mentioned are: politician Ryszard Kalisz, member of the European Parliament Janusz Zemke, and the deputy chief of the party Katarzyna Piekarska. The chief of the party – Grzegorz Napieralski – decided not to take part in the process. The party is also considering supporting Andrzej Olechowski, Polish economist and politician, one of the co-founders of conservative liberal party Civic Platform.
The death of President Kaczyński has left the Law and Justice party without a candidate as well. The Political Council of Law and Justice will decide on Saturday who will represent the party in the elections. The most natural candidate seems to be the twin brother of the dead President, Jarosław Kaczyński, who is currently the party leader. Kaczyński does not comment on this yet. If he does not agree to be the party’s candidate there are few more possible candidates. Zyta Gilowska, former Minister of Finance, and Zbigniew Ziobro, a former Justice Minister and now a member of the European Parliament. The latter - according to some interlocutors - has the best chance if Jaroslaw Kaczynski decided not to compete in presidential elections.
All indicates that the elections will be held on June 20, and this means that no later than April 26 (Monday) the National Electoral Commission have to get the notification of the names of the partial candidates. The notification must be accompanied by a list of at least 1.000 of signatures supporting the candidate and the candidate's consent. According to the law the National Electoral Commission must get submitted the signatures 55 days before the election. So if the elections would be held on June 20, such notice must be submitted no later than April 26. Regardless the difficult situation, it seems that the parties have to act fast and decide on their candidates.