This year’s presidential election is very popular with Poles living abroad. In the UK, more than 30,000 have said they want to vote. people more than in the October parliamentary elections last year and about 40 thousand. more than in the second round of the presidential elections in 2015. And what is the mobilization of fellow countrymen in other countries?
In the United Kingdom, the Sunday election of the President of the Republic of Poland is by letter only. A record number of more than 130 thousand has volunteered. Polish citizens.
According to the Polish Embassy, more than 111,000 returned to consulates by late afternoon (June 27). envelopes with votes cast in elections, that’s 86 percent packages sent.
Shipments are accepted until the end of the vote, i.e. until Sunday 21, because of the epidemic situation, envelopes with votes must only be delivered by post or courier, so it is not possible to take them personally to the consulates.
In the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland has created eleven voting circuits: six in London, two in Manchester, two in Edinburgh and one in Belfast. By comparison, there were 54 such areas in the last October parliamentary elections.
In the United States, pre-election packages were sent in Poland to 33,892 people declaring their willingness to vote. Five years ago, 19,151 cards were issued in the United States during the first round of election. The Washington Consular Department alone shipped 2,886 packages.
This data means that more people have already cast their votes through the Washington facility than in the first round of the 2015 presidential election. Five years ago, 514 cards were issued in the US capital, five years ago in the US capital.
Diplomats associate this growth with the election correspondence formula. For many Poles in the United States, traveling to a polling station is a logistical challenge – voting for letters is much easier for them.
On Thursday (June 25), New York Consul General Adrian Kubicki announced that a record of 13,600 voters had announced their intention to vote at the New York facility. About 10,000 were returned to Friday packages.
Return envelopes in the election of the President of the Republic of Poland were accepted through U.S. mail and couriers through local time on Saturdays up to and including the US. It was not possible for the voter to personally issue a return envelope to the constituency committees.
In France, the elections on Sunday are also only by post. About 11 thousand people volunteered to participate. Polish citizens.
According to the Polish embassy, about 2/3 of the envelopes with votes cast returned to the consulates on Saturday evening. Many Poles decided on Sunday to bring personal voting packages to diplomatic missions, including in election procedures.
This year’s presidential elections are quiet and have a similar interest among Poles living in France as the 2015 presidential elections, when a total of 6,766 Polish citizens out of 8,082 registered voted in the eight districts then created.
In the current elections, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created four polling stations in France – three in Paris and one in Lyon. The smaller number of constituencies in the current elections is due to the sanitary restrictions associated with the coronavirus epidemic – handed over to the secretary of the Polish Embassy in Paris, Maksymilian Liszewski.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Polish diplomatic missions in Italy, presidential elections are also only held by letter.
According to information obtained by the Polish news agency of Polish branches, 3,158 people registered for the elections in Rome and 1912 in Milan.
In the case of Poles residing in Malta, the appropriate consulate is in Rome and he should have been informed of his intention to vote, specifying the postal address on the island where the election package is to be delivered.
Election committees have already received most reusable envelopes from sent election packages. Return envelopes can be delivered personally or through someone else until midnight on Friday.
These packages are received from postal companies and couriers until the end of the vote, i.e. until 21 on Sunday.
Reportedly, people who have not signed up for the first round of elections in Polish establishments in Italy and would like to participate in a possible second round cannot register until midnight on Monday (June 29).
Voting cards of more than 90% from 60 thousand Polish voters registered in Germany have already arrived at the election committees – the Polish Embassy in Berlin has informed. A whopping 98 percent papers arrived at the committee in Cologne. In Germany, voting in the elections of the President of the Republic of Poland takes place by letter only.
As the embassy press officer in Berlin said on Sunday, Dariusz Pawłoś, despite the coronavirus pandemic and the vote by mail, this year’s turnout is much higher than 2015, when fewer than 20,000 voted. Poland living in Germany.
“It was also possible to vote by post five years ago, but a fraction of the voters benefited from this,” Pawłoś notes.
The German post office delivered envelopes returned to the Polish institutions by election votes until Saturday. Packages shipped by courier also arrived on Sunday. During the weekend, the committee received about a thousand packages.
According to Jacek Grabowski, Consul General in Brussels, 11,487 people registered for the presidential elections in Belgium. This is almost twice as much as in the previous vote of the same kind. “In the first round of elections five years ago, there were 6,902 voters registered, 6,039 ballot papers,” the consul said.
Election packages for Poles living in Belgium were sent to the addresses indicated during registration. After receipt, they could be returned or delivered personally to the consulate in Brussels. On Sunday they could also be taken to the polls in one of the three electoral committees in the Belgian capital.
Volunteers of “Aid Staff Belgium” help those who did not or could not. “We will drive approximately 300 kilometers in total and will collect packages from different cities,” said Sebastian Gojdz, one of the volunteers involved in the action.
Equipped with cardboard urns, in specially taped cars and T-shirts, activists spend about half an hour in a place previously announced on social media. After collecting the votes, they move to the next city.
“The response is very good: someone has brought donuts, someone has ordered a pizza, people offer to park for us where necessary” – says Gojdz, who includes: Hasselt, Liège and Namur. In total, three teams from the staff collect election packages in 13 Belgian cities.
According to PKW data, the turnout in the country in the Sunday presidential election at 12 was 24.08%, which is more than five years ago. May 10, 2015, turnout at 12 was 14.61 percent
Polish citizens living in Russia also vote. In Moscow, the largest constituency, a total of 329 voters registered, of which 17 wanted to vote by letter.
On Sunday afternoon, there was no queue at the Polish embassy in Moscow. Occasionally more voters appeared. Both individuals and entire families with children came. Clergy could be seen working in Moscow – nuns and religious.
Disposable masks, gloves and disinfectant were prepared at the entrance of the embassy. The temperature was measured for each person who entered. Security guards asked for the committee to wait until the voter left the building.
Russia is still closed because of the coronavirus epidemic. Only foreigners who come for treatment in Russian medical institutions or for the care of family members living in Russia can cross them. Moscow is still the largest source of infection, although the increase in the number of cases in the capital is shrinking and experts say the epidemic has penetrated deeper into the country.
In addition to Moscow, there are also electoral committees in three Polish consulates-general in the Russian Federation: in Irkutsk, Kaliningrad and St. Petersburg, as well as in the consular service in Smolensk. In total, more than 500 voters are registered in Russia.
In last year’s elections to the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland, more than 620 people voted in Russia, more than half of them in Moscow.
The election of the President of the Republic of Poland to three regional election committees in Spain is the first election in the history of the institution to take place ‘only by correspondence and practically without the participation of tourists,’ said Polish ambassador to Madrid, Marzenna Adamczyk.
The head of the Polish embassy explained that the consul’s decisions in Madrid and Barcelona on this type of vote were taken at the height of the epidemic and in line with the recommendations of the central and regional authorities of Spain regarding inter alia Spain restrictions on movement across the country, as well as restrictions introduced by building managers in which some committees are located.
“I want to assure you that the consuls have made every effort to ensure that voters receive their votes as soon as possible. The packages were sent to the voters on June 18, the day after the electoral roll closed and during the state of emergency. sent post office, “said Marzenna Adamczyk.
The ambassador recalled that the deadline for collecting return envelopes had also been extended to 21 on Sunday. Only courier companies and post offices can deliver them to the facility.
In Sweden, the Polish presidential elections, which take place in two committees in Stockholm, are quiet. Given the difficult epidemic situation, special precautions have been taken.
About 9,000 wanted to participate in the elections in Sweden. half of whom decided to vote by letter. As of morning, the line of voters lined up in front of the Polish embassy building in central Stockholm and at the Polish consulate in Sundbyberg with the correct distance. Some people came to vote in the early morning hours to avoid accumulation in the afternoon.
Many voters had face masks, although the Swedish authorities do not impose such an obligation on the Swedes.
Poland also votes in Hungary. You can vote in person at the embassy in Budapest. In addition, some voters have decided to vote by letter.
“We have 626 registered voters and 101 people have sent cards for voting by letter,” said Dominika Blicharska, chair of the election committee.
OK. h. At 9.30 am the committee has already received 73 cards from voters who vote by letter.
“Voting is calm, people come consecutively with children. So far we have not had any situation that would interrupt the vote,” said Blicharska.
The polling station has taken security measures in accordance with the recommendations of the Minister of Health. The place is ventilated every hour, all objects that can be touched by voters are also disinfected, i.e. door handles or a table on which people approach a ballot paper. Voters are also asked to use protective masks. Voter hand sanitizers were placed and committee members sit behind the plexiglass.
A record number of more than 1,700 Poles took part in the Polish parliamentary elections in Hungary in 2019. The number of voters in Budapest has never been higher than 800. However, this was in the days before the coronavirus pandemic, when many Polish tourists were in Hungary.
The election of the President of Poland to the Kiev Regional Committee is quiet on Sunday and the turnout was about 30 percent in the early afternoon. – said the President of the Kiev Regional Commission, Przemysław Pierz.
“The vote in the general election of the President of the Republic of Poland to the 139 circuit committee in Kiev is calm, with the seriousness attributed to this event,” said the chairman.
He explained that votes have so far been cast in correspondence, but voters also have the option to vote directly on the spot.
Elections in Ukraine are held in the created polling stations in each of the consular districts – Łuck, Lviv, Vinnytsia, Odessa, Kharkiv and Kiev.
736 people who signed up to participate in the election, including 108, declared their intention to vote by letter – said Polish embassy press spokesman Mateusz Natkowski. Most voters registered in the Lviv region – 244, and there are 237 registered voters in the Kiev region.
Poles living in mainland China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan also voted on Sunday.
Four voting circuits have been created in mainland China: at the Polish Embassy in Beijing and at the consulates of the Republic of Poland in Guangzhou, Shanghai and Chengdu. Poles can also vote at the Polish Consulate in Hong Kong and the Polish Office in Taipei, Taiwan. All these places offer the possibility of personal voting and correspondence.
Polling stations in China started working at 7 a.m. local time (1 p.m. in Poland). Everything goes smoothly. 131 authorized persons are registered in Beijing District. 24 of them declared that they wanted to vote by letter.
One voting circuit was established in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and South Korea and the Philippines, with seats in the Polish embassies in these countries. Correspondence or personal voting is provided in Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo. In Bangkok and Manila you can only vote by post.
Voting circuits did not originate in Mongolia, North Korea, Bangladesh, Burma, Nepal, Cambodia and Laos, among others.