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  • 24 May 2014

    The first votes in the 2014 European elections will be cast by Poles in Brasilia, Curitiba and Buenos Aires on Saturday noon (Warsaw time). The poll will end at 11 p.m. (Warsaw time), when the last polling station is closed in Iceland’s Reykjavik.

    It is already the third European poll in which Polish citizens will elect their representatives. Poland will have 51 seats in the 751-member Parliament. For the first time, our citizens are allowed to vote by post.


     A total of 174 Polish polling stations will be opened in 86 countries. Most of them (131) will be located in Poland’s diplomatic and consular posts. Countries with the biggest number of Polish polling stations include: the United Kingdom (19), the United States (11) and Germany (9).


    In order to vote abroad, you have to enjoy the right to vote, and hold a valid Polish passport or identity card (the latter is only acceptable in countries where Polish citizens can enter without passport). It is possible to vote in person, after registering online (the registration was closed three days before the election) or presenting a certificate confirming the right to vote, issued by a competent commune office. However, from this year on, it is also possible to cast votes by post.


    Polling stations will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time.


    Polish citizens living abroad can vote for candidates from the electoral list no. 4 (the city of Warsaw and eight poviats of the Masovian Voivodeship).


    A record number of 35 thousand Poles living abroad have registered for the poll. Six thousand of them have decided to vote by post. This means that this year, the number of registered voters is twice higher compared to 2009.

     

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