The US State Department issued a statement referring to the Lex Tusk Act. “We share the concerns expressed by many observers that the bill creating a commission to investigate Russian influence could be used to block the nominations of opposition politicians without due process,” it said.
president Andrey Duda And he had announced, on Monday, that he would sign the law establishing the Russian influence examination committee, called “Lex Tusk,” and then refer it to the Constitutional Court.
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US State Department Statement on Lex Tusk
And the US State Department issued, on the night of Monday to Tuesday, a statement in this regard.
“The US government is concerned about the adoption by the Polish government of new legislation that could be used to interfere with free and fair elections in Poland,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.
He stressed, “We share the concerns of many observers that the bill establishing a commission to investigate Russian influence could be used to block the nominations of opposition politicians without due process.”
“We urge the Polish government to ensure that this law does not limit the ability of voters to vote for a candidate of their choice, and that it will not be invoked or abused in a way that could affect the perceived legality of the election,” added a State Department official.
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Earlier, the US ambassador to Poland referred to the issue in an interview with TVN24 Mark Brzezinski. He said that “the US government shares its concerns about laws that may appear to reduce the ability of voters to vote for whomever they want to vote, outside of a clearly defined process in an independent court.”
Russian Influence Study Committee
The commission will work on principles similar to those of the Verification Commission for Reactivation in Warsaw. Decisions it can take include, among others, banning the performance of functions related to the disposal of public funds for up to 10 years and withdrawing and banning security clearance for 10 years.
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The opposition claims that this is an unconstitutional regulation targeting them. Among other things, Janusz Kowalski of sovereign Poland admitted that he hoped that “the effect of the committee’s work is to put Donald Tusk before the state court.
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