The turnout in Sunday’s elections to the Sejm and Senate as of 5 p.m. was 57.54 percent, the National Electoral Commission reported. The highest turnout was recorded in the Masovian Voivodeship and the lowest in the Opole Voivodeship.
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The chairman of the National Electoral Commission, Sylwester Marciniak, announced at a press conference after 6:30 p.m. that the turnout in Sunday’s elections to the Sejm and Senate as of 5 p.m. was 57.54 percent. Four years ago in the parliamentary elections, the turnout at 5 p.m. was 45.94 percent.
Marciniak reported that the highest turnout was at 17 was in constituency no. 20 (Warsaw obwarzanek) and amounted to 63.21 percent. Second place was taken by district no. 19, i.e. Warsaw, with a turnout of 63.17 percent, and third place was taken by district no. 39, i.e. Poznań, where 62.5 percent voted. entitled. The lowest turnout until 5 p.m. was in Opole, district no. 21, where it amounted to 52.26 percent. The second from the bottom was district no. 22, i.e. Krosno, with a turnout of 54.41%, and the third from the bottom was district no. 29, i.e. Katowice, where 54.55% voted. voters.
The head of the National Electoral Commission said that the highest turnout was recorded in the province. Masovian Voivodeship and amounted to 60.77 percent. Second place was taken by the voivodeship. Lesser Poland Voivodeship – 58.90 percent, and the third voivodeship Łódź Voivodeship – 58.58 percent.
The lowest turnout was in the province. Opole Voivodeship and amounted to 52.26 percent, the second place from the bottom was taken by the Voivodeship. Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship – 54.86%, and the third place from the bottom was taken by the Voivodeship Podkarpackie – 55.23 percent
The Chairman of the National Electoral Commission also referred to data on turnout in the largest cities and voivodeship capitals. Of these, the highest turnout was recorded in Warsaw – 63.17%. entitled to vote. Białystok was in second place with a result of 62.62%, and Szczecin was in third place with a result of 62.24%. Among the provincial cities, the lowest turnout was recorded in Lublin – 53.21%. entitled to vote, Gdańsk – 53.42 percent and Gorzów Wielkopolski – 57.92 percent. entitled to vote.
– In relation to the number of eligible voters, the largest number of voters took part in voting in the Klwów commune in Przysucha County in the province. Masovian Voivodeship – namely 75.59 percent In relation to the number of eligible voters, the smallest number of voters took part in the town of Ustroń in Cieszyn County in the province. Silesia – 32.67 percent – Marciniak also informed.
Head of the National Electoral Commission: the number of crimes specified in the Penal Code has increased
Marciniak said that “since the last report, the number of crimes specified in the Penal Code, namely Article 190a, paragraph 2, has increased.”
– One crime is causing damage by impersonating another person. Regarding the destruction of referendum electoral documents, Article 248 point 3 of the Penal Code – 16 crimes of this type, Article 248 point 5 of the Penal Code, giving away a voting card to another person – one case and finally Article 250 of the Penal Code, influencing the manner of voting, also one thing – said the head of the National Electoral Commission.
– When it comes to the crime specified in the Electoral Code, Article 497a, i.e. taking away a ballot card, since the last report the number of such incidents has increased by 12 – he added. – When it comes to offenses specified in the Code of Petty Offenses, the total number is now 207, with 44 offenses since the last report – he said.
He presented an incident description of such situations. – Namely, in Tczew, at the headquarters of the District Electoral Commission, a member of the commission canvassed for one of the political parties. A police patrol was called to the site, a notification was received from the chairman of the District Electoral Commission, and by the decision of the District Electoral Commission, this member was excluded from further work – said the head of the National Electoral Commission.
– In turn, in Żagań, the chairwoman of the electoral commission reported that a man had taken away three voting cards that he received from the commission. He then fled in an unknown direction, but during the investigation he was arrested and found that he had destroyed the voting cards by burning them. This is Article 248, paragraph 3 of the Penal Code in conjunction with Article 497a of the Electoral Code, said Marciniak.
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