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EPDE expert evaluation of the parliamentary election in Poland, 25 October 2015

From 23 to 26 October 2015 the European Platform for Democratic Elections conducted its short-term election observation mission to the parliamentary election in Poland. EPDE observers note that the Electoral Code of the Republic of Poland does not provide civil independent domestic election observation. EPDE notes that the rights of the proxies and international observers are described insufficiently in the Electoral Code. In some of the polling stations members of election commissions were not aware of the rights of international observers. The Electoral Code does not provide for the right of proxies and international observers to conduct photo and video shooting at polling stations during voting and severely restricts usage of recorded materials before and after the voting process. A significant problem is the secrecy of voting. In a number of polling stations observers made remarks regarding the methods of the sealing of ballot boxes.
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