Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Łukasz Jasina announced that he was resigning from his position in the ministry. “A press spokesman is a sapper, and any sapper can be blown up by a mine,” he wrote, without giving the reasons for his dismissal. They were indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, informing that Yasina was “immediately dismissed from his position” due to “false information about the degree of preparation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for organizing elections abroad.”
Łukasz Jasina announced his separation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on his private profile on X (formerly Twitter). “A press spokesman is a sapper, and every sapper can be blown up by a mine. As I conclude my duties as the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I would like to thank everyone. Good night and see you soon,” he wrote.
MFA: Łukasz Jasina dismissed from his position with immediate effect
After 9 p.m., the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a comprehensive announcement in connection with preparations for holding parliamentary elections and referendums abroad. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is convinced that it has made every effort and taken all actions to ensure that all citizens can take part in voting in the parliamentary elections and in the referendum,” it was written.
“Although the number of people willing to participate in parliamentary elections and referendums abroad this year is unprecedented, we know from the experience of previous years that the District Electoral Commissions, having a similar workload as in the case of this year’s elections, were able to count all the votes. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is confident that the Commissions will adopt a working style that will enable them to do so,” we read further.
At the end of the statement, it was announced that “due to false information on the degree of preparation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for organizing elections abroad provided by the Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Łukasz Jasina was immediately dismissed from his position.”
Jasina about the Polish diaspora’s voting and vote counting. “We are indeed very worried about this.”
Earlier that day, Jasina spoke on RMF FM radio about the Polish diaspora voting abroad. – I am a spokesman, so I am a person specializing in official optimism, but I will not hide from you that we are really very worried about this, we are worried about the deadlines for counting votes – he admitted.
The host of the program asked whether it was realistic to count all the votes. – There will certainly be committees that will not be able to do this. This is a pure statistical thing, replied Yasina. – But let’s make it happen, because not all people may come. I am an optimist and everything always worked out somehow, he added.
The spokesman also appealed to voters not to “drag” the vote. – An appeal to the voting public. Try not to drag it out, use your right, but don’t make it such a long ritual. Really, the fact that the card will be issued in 20 seconds and not two minutes will not affect your law, and I think that you will find time for conversations with the commission’s employees on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, when you will summarize these elections. Let’s do everything and efficiently what we all have to do.
– Let’s do it quickly, on a tactile basis. Let us remember that the most important advantage of this obligation is that it exists, not its celebration – he concluded.
Later, referring to the fragment described above, Yasina wrote: “Anyone can make a slip of the tongue.”
Jasina is a historian, journalist, lawyer and film expert. He was an employee of, among others, the Institute of Central and Eastern Europe in Lublin, the Institute of Journalism and Social Communication of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, the Polish History Museum in Warsaw and the Polish Institute of International Affairs. He became the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September 2021.
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