Record high number of Polish voters registered in Belgium

Nearly 11,000 Polish nationals with voting rights have registered to cast their vote in Belgium in the upcoming Polish parliamentary elections of October 13.

Poland’s Consul in Brussels Jacek Grabowski told Polish radio that the historic record has been broken with almost 11,000 Poles registering to vote in Belgium.

“Predicting an increased interest of Polish citizens living in Belgium in the [parliamentary] elections, we have organised seven polling stations where voters may cast their votes,” said Mr Grabowski.

“Four stations may be found in the Brussels-Capital Region, one in [the northern city of] Ghent, one in Antwerp and one in Leuven,” said the diplomat, adding that it would be for the first time that voting stations would be opened in Ghent and Leuven.

In comparison to the May European elections, when only three voting stations were available for Poles in Belgium, the number of polling stations has been increased by four.

Mr Grabowski said that “the voters living in Western Belgium and eastern parts of Flandria may enjoy more convenient participation in the elections.”

Individuals remaining abroad on the day of elections, namely October 13, and willing to cast their vote, may register to vote in the country they are currently staying in by accessing the “ewybory.msz.gov.pl” website and putting their name on the list. The registration deadline elapses by 5pm on Thursday.

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