Monday, July 22, 2013

Poland: 232,000 signatures handed in for recall of Warsaw mayor

Petitioners have handed in 232,000 signatures in the recall of the Mayor of Warsaw, centre-right Civic Platform's Gronkiewicz-Waltz. Petitioners need 134,000 valids (10% of voters). The recall is a two-step process, an up or down vote on the mayor, and 60% of turnout from the last presidential election in 2010 must vote for the recall to succeed (389,430). If the mayor is ousted, a new election is held at a later date.

The 60% vote is critical. We've seen it before in the Romanian Presidential recall last year, the opposition's best strategy is usually to refuse to vote.

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