The OSCE’s sending observers to elections in member states is a norm, a standard, said former Prime Minister and now MEP Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz in “Fakty po Faktach”. Commenting on calls from the European Union to send an observation mission to the Polish parliamentary elections, he pointed out that “in this case, of course, there is a certain symbolism.” – This is a signal that everyone is concerned whether the elections will be fair and whether they will be counted fairly – he assessed.
In the past, the Polish prime minister, head of the ministries of foreign affairs and justice, and now MEP Włodzimierz Cimoszewicz spoke in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 about the upcoming parliamentary elections. On the initiative of the Polish party, the Greens, the largest groups in the European Parliament submitted an application to OSCE for full-scale observation of the autumn elections in Poland. European Commission supports this appeal.
Cimoszewicz: this is a signal that everyone is concerned about whether the elections will be fair
As Cimoszewicz emphasized, “the OSCE’s sending observers to elections in member states is the norm, the standard, it is no exception.” However, he admitted that “a compromising scandal took place in Poland in 2007”.
– The OSCE office that deals with these issues is currently in Warsaw. It then notified the PiS government that there would be observers, and the then foreign minister publicly protested at the conference against insinuating that Poland was not a democratic state, he said.
– In this case, of course, there is a certain symbolism due to the appeal of the main factions of the European Parliament and the position of the (European – ed.) Commission. This is a signal that everyone is concerned whether the elections will be fair and whether they will be counted fairly, the former prime minister assessed.
Cimoszewicz said that “there is no doubt that the elections are no longer fair.” – Because an element of elections is the election campaign, and in the election campaign, the public media by law should give equal opportunities to all competing formations or politicians, and this is not the case – he explained. “The elections will certainly not be fair, but whether they will be rigged is another question and these OSCE observers should actually focus on that,” he added.
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