Commitee for the Defence of Democracy Celebrates Declaration of the Constitution

The Committee for the Defence of Democracy in Opole is organizing an event on May 3, including reading the Constitution and collecting signatures under their project of the amendment for the Constitutional Court law.

The organization prepared the project of the bill that includes protection against the politicization of the Constitutional Court and an election of judges by the 2/3 majority of votes in the Parliament. If the number of signatures goes over 100.000, then the amendment will have to be considered by the Parliament. Committee started the collection a few weeks ago, and the deadline is May 4. The Constitution reading will happen at 6 pm; KOD also planned some surprise events and contests.

“KOD Opole is organizing reading of the Constitution on the Wolność Square”

Committee for the Defence of the Democracy (also known as KOD) is the organization founded by Mateusz Kijowski as a result of the Polish constitutional crisis in 2015. The Law and Justice party appointed their judges to the Court after claiming that previous appointments of the five judges by Civic Platform were unconstitutional, and the President Andrzej Duda refused to swear them in.

Committee logo:

By Silar - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

By Silar – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

Tuesday will be the day when Poland celebrates the declaration of the Constitution of May 3 that was established in 1791. According to historian Norman Davies, it was the first constitution of that kind in Europe. It’s also considered “second oldest” and progressive for its time.
The celebrations started in XIX century, banned during partitions, became official in 1919, the year after Poland regained independence. Then it was forbidden again during the time of the People’s Republic of Poland.

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