On Saturday evening, a special show projected on the wall of the Staszic Palace in Warsaw, where the Polish Academy of Sciences has its premises, was organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Senate elections from 1989.
The show combined light, pictures and sound. It showed the time of Polish transformation from late the 1980s and the early 1990s with special inclusion of the Polish Senate.
One of the participants of the event was Stanisław Karczewski, the Speaker of the Polish Senate, the upper house of the parliament, who said that “saw something like that for the first time.”
“With such presentations about history we would like to encourage Poles to be more interested in matters concerning Poland, politics, we want to encourage to take part in elections,” he stressed.
“We achieved – together – a major success, because 45 percent of Poles took part in the elections [to the EP], which in the past were not popular. We can say that the turnout has doubled. It is satisfying because it does not only show that people are interested in elections, but also that they are satisfied with things happening in Poland,” Mr Karczewski said.
“Not necessarily all are satisfied with things we [the ruling party] do, because some people may like what the opposition does, but they are interested in it. It is good,” he said.
The speaker of Senate added that he hopes that turnout in the autumn general elections in Poland will reach 60 percent.
On June 4, 1989, the first semi-free general elections since the end of WWII were held in Poland. However, the elections to the Senate were entirely free, candidates of the anti-communist Solidarity opposition won 99 out of 100 seats, with one seat being taken by an independent candidate.