AFTER THE PRESS CONFERENCE HELD IN THE SEAT OF THE NATIONAL ELECTORAL
COMMISSION (NEC) IN WARSAW
On 23 October 2005 at 10.10 a.m., a press conference concerning the second round of the Presidential Elections was held at
the seat of the National Electoral Commission in Warsaw at ul. Wiejska.
The following participated in the
Deputy Chairman Stanisław Kosmal and Judge Stefan
Judge Stanisław Kosmal, who chaired the
conference, said that elections started in over 25 polling stations and
continue in a quiet and noble atmosphere.
Judge Kosmal also informed the journalists
of few incidents such as e.g. in Malbork where on Friday, 21 October 2005, in the late evening hours, chairman of the local electoral commission was assaulted to seize
his car. Among other things, the commission’s stamp was in the car.
The local commission received a new stamp
and a new computer password and thus the vote started without being disturbed.
This morning, in one of the local electoral
commissions in Legnica, the elections started 25 minutes later than scheduled
as the person responsible for opening the polling station was late. By the
resolution adopted by the local electoral commission in Legnica, the election
time will be extended there until 8.25 p.m.
In Kraków, two polling stations were open
with several minutes’ delay, however, NEC has not received the information
whether the elections will be extended.
Another incident was associated with
absence of the stamp of a commission in Suwałki in connection with which a
resolution was adopted to replace it with a stamp used during the referendum.
Other minor incidents noted were associated
with removal of the national flags from the polling stations and also a
burglary into a school in which one of the polling stations was located in the Tomaszów Mazowiecki constituency.
The incidents of break of the election
silence have been noted. In Gdańsk, agitation leaflets in favor of one of the
candidates were dispersed at the entrances to an apartment block and e-mails have
been sent encouraging to vote on one of the candidates.
NEC will make another announcement
concerning the turnout and the course of the elections at 12.10 p.m.