More than 175,000 Poles registered to vote abroad have been exercising their democratic right in the Polish parliamentary election. In the UK as many as 23 special polling booths have been set up to enable the Polish community to participate in the election, “ I hope the economic situation in Poland will improve and there will be better jobs and living conditions so we can all go back : said one voter.
In Britain and Ireland some 68,000 have registered to vote compared to just 50,000 worldwide in the last election in 2005. Poland’s three leading parties consider the emigre vote crucial in what looks like a close election. Earlier this month, representatives of the three main challengers came to press the flesh in both Britain and Ireland. The younger Polish voters abroad tend to be pro-Europe and anti the current Kaczynski regime.