Wybory do Parlamentu Europejskiego w okręgu nr 13 na tle kraju
The Elections to the European Parliament in the 13th Electoral District with Regard to the Whole Country
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The article touches upon the elections to the European Parliament (EP) from January 7, 2009 on the country scale and within the West Pomeranian and the Lubusz Voivodeship, which constituted the 13th electoral district. In the fi rst part the author presents the most important differences between the electoral law between the elections to the European Parliament and to the Parliament of the Republic of Poland. What is more, the author reminds the results of the elections to the European Parliament of June 13, 2004 which were the fi rst ones for Poland to take part. In the further part, on the basis of e.g. the documents of the National Electoral Commission the amount of the committees and their candidates, the turnout and the results of the elections with regards to the elections of 2004 were analyzed. The third part of the article touches upon the electoral campaign of particular parties on a country scale, and in the last part – within the 13th electoral district. While analyzing the campaigns what was paid attention to was the way of their conducting – if it was positiv or negative, whether all the committees conducted it essentially or they referred to the voters’ emotions or populist slogans. During this analysis on a country scale, the opinion of the political commentators whose articles are published in three best-read weeklies in country: “Polityka” (Policy), “Newsweek Polska” (Newsweek Poland) and “Wprost” (Straightforward) was presented. When it comes to the characteristics of the electoral campaign in the West Pomeranian – Lubusz area, except the usage of the documents of particular political parties, articled from the local press were also used.
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