Author: Wojciech Sokół
Institution: Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej w Lublinie
Year of publication: 2015
Source: Show
Pages: 162-177
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/athena.2015.47.10
PDF: apsp/47/apsp4710.pdf

THE POLITICS OF ELECTORAL SYSTEMS IN THE ELECTIONS OF COMMUNE COUNCILS

In this article, I will focus on the evolution of the systems of elections to the commune councils in Poland. Between 1990 – 2014, seven elections to the commune councils were organized in Poland, conducted on the basis of four different voting systems. The most important alterations in the ordinations between 1990 and 2011 included: changing the category of entities qualifying for majority election system, modification of the dimension of the constituencies, changing the mode of distribution of seats, introducing electoral threshold, diminishing the number of councilors, implementing the procedure of “grouping list”. Analysis of changes in the electoral regulations leads to the conclusion that the elections to municipal councils have been politicized.

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