On Sunday, social media was filled with photos of actors, singers and athletes from polling stations – both those voting in Poland and abroad. They boasted of fulfilling their civic duty, among others: Robert and Anna Lewandowski, Magda Gessler, Jerzy Owsiak and Dawid Podsiadło.
Parliamentary elections were held on October 15 – Polish citizens elected 460 deputies and 100 senators. Voters voted for one candidate from the selected list to the Sejm and one to the Senate. Many people took photos of their visits to polling stations. Famous Poles also boasted about them on social media.
Elections 2023. Boniek and Lewandowski cast their votes
Zbigniew Boniek, among others, boasted of voting. The former president of the Polish Football Association voted at one of the polling stations in Rome, where he has lived for many years. First, his profile on the X website (formerly Twitter) featured a photo of a large queue of Poles wanting to vote in the capital of Italy. “In Rome, the queue lasts 2-3 hours. But, as one lady in the queue says, ‘it’s better to wait 2-3 hours than 4 years’,” Boniek wrote.
Later, he posted a photo on his account in which he was posing after casting his vote. “Civic duty fulfilled” – emphasized the star of the Polish national team from the 1980s.
The current captain of the national team, Robert Lewandowski, also took part in the elections. Due to an injury, the Barcelona player is not taking part in the ongoing national team training camp, so he is spending the international break in Spain and that is where he cast his vote. “Lewy” added a photo to his Instagram story showing him throwing the ballot card into the ballot box.
His wife, Anna Lewandowska, published her photo from the polling station as a new post on her profile. She included a white and red flag in the description.
The “electoral” post on Instagram was also posted by former national team goalkeeper Radosław Majdan, who came to the committee with his wife Małgorzata Rozenek-Majdan and their 3-year-old son Henio. As you can see in the photo, the boy was throwing his parents’ ballots into the ballot box. “We are voting and we are happy that these elections have record turnout,” we read in the description of the photo.
Actress Weronika Rosati also went to the polling station with her child. “Ela and I have already voted. What about you?” – the celebrity asked Internet users. According to the location of the post, Rosati, who lives in the USA, voted at a point organized at a Polish church in Los Angeles.
For the first time, Jeremy Sochan, a basketball player from the NBA San Antonio Spurs, fulfilled his civic duty. The athlete was born and lives in the United States, but has Polish citizenship (his mother and stepfather are Polish). In 2021, he made his debut in the senior Polish national team. Sochan is 20 years old, so this is the first election in which he can take part. “Your turn” – we read in the description of the photo of the basketball player throwing the card into the ballot box. Sochan voted in the city of Austin, Texas.
Owsiak, Gessler, Miko encouraged people to vote
Jerzy Owsiak also shared a photo from the polling station. “The queue here is a queue FULL OF OPTIMISM! And it’s nice and warm inside! There’s energy in the air!” – said the leader of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
After visiting the polling station, restaurateur Magda Gessler also spoke to fans. “Women are giving birth to a new Poland today… I keep my fingers crossed… Remember, you have until 9 p.m…. Boys, you too, besos,” Gessler reminded in the afternoon.
“Please brag about who has already voted. It’s a beautiful Polish holiday. We can vote elegantly,” wrote singer Dawid Podsiadło on Instagram. He added this signature to the photo in front of the ballot box. Among the representatives of the world of music, the following people also boasted of voting: Natalia Nykiel, Piotr Rubik, Maryla Rodowicz and Krzysztof Skiba.
Actors also encouraged people to vote with their own “election” photos. “At a time when we feel like we have so little control over what’s going on in the world, the mere act of showing up to vote sends tremendous ‘energy in action’ out into the world (even if you don’t believe voting actually matters). This is working for change, you are doing it for your neighbors, for your community. Instead of complaining, do something about it! – wrote Izabella Miko, who voted where Rosati voted – in the Polish church in Los Angeles.
Magdalena Mielcarz, Mateusz Damięcki and Antoni Pawlicki also showed photos from the polling stations.
The exit poll showsthat the democratic opposition has a chance of winning 248 seats in the Sejm. Law and Justice can count on 200 seats, and the Civic Coalition on 163. Third Road, the Left and Confederation also enter the Sejm. According to Ipsos, voter turnout was 72.9 percent.
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