ElectionGudie

Sept. 6, 2015 Held

2,383,041
Voted
Poland

Republic of Poland

Referendum

Results

8%
Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:2,383,041
Valid Votes:2,383,041
Invalid Votes:None

Provisions

1. “Are you for the introduction of single-seat constituencies in elections for the Polish Sejm?” “Czy jest Pani/Pan za wprowadzeniem jednomandatowych okręgów wyborczych w wyborach do Sejmu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej?”

Yes1,829,995

78.75

No493,935

21.25

2. “Are you in favor of maintaining the current method of financing of political parties from the state budget?” “Czy jest Pani/Pan za utrzymaniem dotychczasowego sposobu finansowania partii politycznych z budżetu państwa?”

Yes404,515

17.37

No1,923,994

82.63

3. “Are you in favor of introducing a general principle of resolving doubts about the interpretation of tax law for the benefit of the taxpayer?” “Czy jest Pani/Pan za wprowadzeniem zasady ogólnej rozstrzygania wątpliwości co do wykładni przepisów prawa podatkowego na korzyść podatnika?”

Yes2,194,689

94.51

No127,395

5.49

More Info:

**Due to a low turnout (only 7.8%), the referendum was deemed invalid, as there is a 50% threshold for results to be legally binding.** 

At stake in this referendum:

  • Voters will vote on 3 provisions. 

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Bronisław KOMOROWSKI*
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Ewa KOPACZ
  • Assembly: Poland has a bicameral Parliament (Zgromadzenie Narodowe) consisting of the Senat with 100 seats and the Sejm with 460 seats.

*The most recent presidential election was won by Andrzej DUDA, who will be taking office on 6 August 2015. 

Main provisions in the referendum[1]:

  • “Are you for the introduction of single-seat constituencies in elections for the Polish Sejm?”
    • “Czy jest Pani/Pan za wprowadzeniem jednomandatowych okręgów wyborczych w wyborach do Sejmu Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej?”
  • “Are you in favor of maintaining the current method of financing of political parties from the state budget?”
    • “Czy jest Pani/Pan za utrzymaniem dotychczasowego sposobu finansowania partii politycznych z budżetu państwa?”
  • “Are you in favor of introducing a general principle of resolving doubts about the interpretation of tax law for the benefit of the taxpayer?”
    • “Czy jest Pani/Pan za wprowadzeniem zasady ogólnej rozstrzygania wątpliwości co do wykładni przepisów prawa podatkowego na korzyść podatnika?”

Electoral Requirements:

  • If turnout is less than or equal to 50%, it is non-binding.[2]  If turnout exceeds 50%, the result will be binding.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 38,484,000[3]
  • Registered voters: 30,511,135[4]

Gender Data:

  • Female Population: 19,794,560 (2014 est.)[5]
  • Is POLAND a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (29 May 1980)[6]
  • Has POLAND ratified CEDAW: Yes (30 July 1980)[7]
  • Gender Quota: Yes[8]
  • Female Candidates in this election: N/A
  • Number of Female Legislators: 110 (24%) pf 460 seats in the Sejm[9]
  • Human Development Index (HDI) Position: 35[10]
  • Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: N/A[11]

Disability Data:

  • Is POLAND a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)[12]
  • Has POLAND ratified CRPD: Yes (25 September 2012) [13]
  • Population with a disability: 4,697,000[14]
 

[14] Statistical Yearbook 2014 published by Central statistical Office