Monday, 26 September 2011

Hereford prepares for first Polish Election Day

Herefordshire Council is supporting a Polish Election Day next month which allows the Polish community to vote locally for both houses of the Polish Parliament.

The last election in 2007 resulted in a coalition government of the Civic Platform and Polish People’s parties. All seats in both houses, the Sejm and the Senate, are up for re-election on polling day which will be 9th October 2011.

Any Polish resident in the UK can register to vote if they hold either a Polish ID card or a valid Polish passport. This can be done on-line by logging onto http://www.londynkg.polemb.net. Once registered, they can then vote by post. Alternatively, they can vote in person at one of the 43 special polling stations set up across the UK for this purpose. This year, for the first time ever, there will be a polling station in Herefordshire, located at the Kindle Centre, adjacent to the ASDA supermarket on Belmont Road in Hereford. The polling station will be run by volunteers, and will be open for voting from 7am-9pm.

Dominika Lipska, MIRA project officer with Herefordshire Council, says, “Having a local polling station is an exciting opportunity for the Polish community here in the county. Voting in person can seem much more meaningful than voting by post, and a polling station here in Hereford means that we don’t have too far to travel”.

More information is available at http://www.welcometoherefordshire.com/ or by e-mailing diversity@herefordshire.gov.uk

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