The authorities can do anything, so the elections must be monitored, says the opposition and encourages Poles to participate in the work of precinct electoral commissions. So far, 27,000 citizens have volunteered to monitor the elections.
There are already nearly 27,000 applications – and only those collected by the Civic Coalition – to participate in the “I watch the elections” campaign. – In Bialystok we already have twice as many people to watch over the elections as necessary – points out Sławomir Nitras, a member of the Civic Coalition. There is a visible hope among the opposition that the “We are watching over the elections” campaign is a way to mobilize voters, especially where elections were won more often by Law and Justice.
– They do what they want, they steal, they cheat, so I am in favor of being a trustee – says one of the women. – I want to show my friends that it can be done differently – adds another.
The campaign “I’m watching the elections” is the main topic of Rafał Trzaskowski’s visit to Podlasie. – Poland is still a democratic state, but precisely because we have strong citizens and strong citizens – said the mayor of Warsaw. The visit of the president of the capital was accompanied by emotions.
Civic Election Control
Civic Election Control is a joint initiative of the Committee for the Defense of Democracy and four opposition groups. – It was signed by Mr. Szymon Hołownia, Mr. Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, Mr. Donald Tusk and the Left – points out Czarzasty. – We all participate in this, we all report members of election commissions, trustees, election observers – adds Miłosz Motyka, spokesman for the Polish People’s Party.
The opposition campaigns throughout Poland under the common slogan: “Don’t let the elections be stolen.” At the same time, politicians recall what happened in the campaign before the presidential election. – They used budget money, they used the money of state-owned companies, they lied on TVP only so that Trzaskowski could not win against Duda – indicates MP Nitras. – This issue has already been raised by OSCE observers in previous observation missions. We know that not much has changed in this matter – says Dr. Adam Gendźwiłł, sociologist from the University of Warsaw.
Doubts about the fairness of the elections
The involvement of state media controlled by the authorities is only one of the elements that raises doubts. In the resolution, the European Parliament expressed concern about the new electoral law in Poland, which was changed by the authorities less than six months before the elections. Paying particular attention to shortening the time of counting votes with a more complicated procedure, which may prove difficult in committees abroad.
– Votes abroad should be counted within 24 hours, and if they are not counted in such a short time, the vote in these precincts abroad will be considered null and void – points out Gendzwiłł.
This is a significant limitation of the right to vote, but instead of discussing the arguments – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Sovereign Poland politician Janusz Kowalski, when asked about election control, responds with an attack on opposition politicians. – There is something extremely grotesque in the fact that it is the Civic Platform that organizes the “Watch the elections” movement, whose face is Donald Tusk’s hunwejbin and the adventurer Mr Sławomir Nitras – says the politician.
In turn, the Minister of Infrastructure adds that there are no reasons to accuse the authorities that there will be no transparent elections. – Transparent urns, for example, which are used in polling stations – whose idea is this if not Law and Justice? Accusing Law and Justice of some evil intentions is a bit reminiscent of Sienkiewicz’s expression: the devil has put on a chasuble and is ringing his tail at the mass – adds Andrzej Adamczyk.
Despite the government’s assurances, the opposition does not give up its action. – Law and Justice must be looked after during the upcoming elections – believes Krzysztof Gawkowski, MP of the Left. – PiS can be sure: these elections will not be falsified and we will see to it – declares Miłosz Motyka, spokesman for the Polish People’s Party. – This is the key – we cannot leave the elections in the hands of the PiS world – says Cezary Tomczyk, an MP from the Civic Coalition.
The opposition also makes references to fundamental values. Rafał Trzaskowski spoke about the stakes of the elections and restoring balance between the citizen and the state.
This election is about freedom. We saw on the example of Mrs. Joanna that this power tries to enter our lives with shoes. Therefore, if we want a state that will support its citizens, our activity is also needed. And that’s what these meetings are about – pointed out the mayor of the capital, vice-chairman of the Civic Platform.
The case of the referendum
Although formally these were not election rallies, there was no shortage of current topics – also about the referendum, which is planned for election day with a question convenient for the authorities, and pointless when it comes to assurances from the European Commission
– When we have elections, we have elections, not referendums. When we elect deputies, no one asks if anyone supports the government. What kind of election is this when they give you a second card asking if you support the government? These are Russian elections – said Sławomir Nitras.
As part of the Civic Election Control campaign, volunteers can apply for social observers, committee members and trustees. Training will be planned soon, and the tasks include controlling the electoral process and reporting the results and possible abuses.
– We can see that there are no great resistances at various levels of exercising power and that the rule of law is not PiS’s priority, therefore we want to observe, we want to be present, we want to check and mark our presence above all – points out Kinga Łozińska from KOD.
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