Page 9, 11th November 1938

11th November 1938
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Page 9, 11th November 1938 — RESULTS OF POLISH ELECTION Electoral System Was Main Issue

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RESULTS OF POLISH ELECTION Electoral System Was Main Issue

From Our Central European Correspondent

The result of the Polish elections is a moral—and actual—triumph for the Government coalition.

The Opposition urged the population to boycott the elections as in 1935, but the Hierarchy appealed for participation.

In 1935 46 per cent. of the electorate voted and the Opposition claimed not without justification that this result was a moral defeat for the Government. In 1938 67 per cent. voted.

Opposition Parties The Opposition includes the violently anti-Semitic and pro-Fascist National Democrats (Endeks) on the Right, and on the Left the Populists, beloved of the peasant masses, and the Socialists, as well as smaller groups.

Among the successful candidates was General Zeligowski, the conqueror of Vilna, who attacked the Government's alleged totalitarian sympathies.

Thousands of votes were also cast for Ukrainian and Jewish minority candidates.

Somewhat Unpopular The main issue was the revision of the present electoral system whereby the candidates for the Seim must be nominated by various non-party bodies in which the Government has a large measure of control This somewhat unpopular system is the reason for the boycott of the polls by the Opposition.

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