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Parliamentary questions
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25 October 2019
Question for written answer P-003455-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Łukasz Kohut (S&D)

 Subject:  Parliamentary elections in Poland on 13 October 2019

Having regard to the opinion of the OSCE, representatives participating in the observation mission to the recent parliamentary elections in Poland on 13 October 2011 and in particular, the following extracts from that opinion:

‘Some irregularities were noted in some areas. The biased media made it difficult for voters to reach a balanced decision before election day on the basis of the available information. Freedom of expression and media freedom were undermined by the threat of criminal sanctions for defamation and limited access to public information.’And ‘the election campaign environment was highly polarised and its negative character became more intense. Campaign messages contained nationalist and homophobic elements that made voters feel threatened.’

1. Will the Commission take this into account when drawing up its next report on the state of the rule of law in Poland?

2. Has the Commission taken note of the fact that the ruling party in Poland has appealed to the National Electoral Commission to recount the votes in those constituencies where its candidates did not manage to obtain enough votes to gain a senatorial mandate?

Original language of question: PL 
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