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Poles Urged to Vote in Euro Elections
June 3, 2009   
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A group called 7czerwca (June 7) has launched a campaign entitled The Navel of Europe to encourage Poles to vote in the country's second European Parliament elections, amid fears of a record low turnout.

The campaign will award the title of The Navel of Europe to the local government district with the highest turnout on June 7, election day. The campaign includes television announcements urging people to use their vote.

Some recent surveys have indicated that only 13 percent of citizens intend to turn out on election day, prompting fears that Poles are overwhelmingly apathetic about the work of decision makers in Brussels.

Less than 21 percent went to the polling booths in this country's first European Parliament elections in 2004, soon after Poland joined the European Union.

Another important goal of the campaign is to encourage people to help voters with disabilities. Out of 3.5 million disabled Poles entitled to vote, 2 million are unable to take part in the European Parliament elections because polling stations are not adapted to their needs, according to the 7czerwca organizers.

The 7czerwca Coalition was launched by groups including the Center for Citizenship Education, the Lewiatan Polish Confederation of Private Employers, and the SAR Association for Marketing Communications.

Details at www.7czerwca.org.pl

M.R.
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