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Northern Ireland’s expat Poles vote for leader

Thousands of poles from across Northern Ireland are expected to descend on Belfast tomorrow to cast their vote in Poland’s presidential election.

It will be the first opportunity for Polish nationals living in Northern Ireland to vote for their new leader. There are an estimated 30,000 poles living in Northern Ireland.

The election was brought forward from September after the plane crash in which President Lech Kaczynski and scores of others died.

Eva Grosman, Chair of the Polish Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland, said: “Obviously this is a very important opportunity for the Polish community to vote. It is a chance for them to voice being Polish.”

Polish people will be able to cast their vote on Sunday between 6am and 8pm at the offices of the Chinese Welfare Association, 1 Stranmillis Embankment, Belfast.

A non-majority is expected, which would result in a run-off in July. Voters need a passport or ID card. They must be on the electoral register.

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