Commissioner for Human Rights

Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights met with delegation of the OSCE election observation mission


On September 5, 2023, Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights Wojciech Brzozowski received a delegation of the election observation mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), which is in Poland in connection with the parliamentary elections scheduled for October 15, 2023. 
The delegation included Head of Mission Douglas Wake, Legal Analyst Eirini Skouzou and Executive Assistant to the Head of Mission Paulina Warsza. The meeting concerned activities undertaken by the Commissioner for Human Rights in the context of the upcoming elections and changes in electoral law. 
Wojciech Brzozowski spoke, among others about a time limit for counting votes in electoral commissions abroad. The conversation also concerned legal guarantees of the secrecy of voting, accessibility of elections for people with disabilities, voting rights of people deprived of liberty and transport of voters to polling stations. 
On September 4, 2023, the OSCE opened an observation mission for the parliamentary elections in Poland scheduled for October 15, 2023. It consists of 11 international experts and 20 long-term observers who have been operating in various regions of the country since September 8. The mission will assess the elections in terms of compliance with OSCE obligations, as well as with other international obligations and standards relating to democratic elections, and with domestic law. The mission will publish an interim report as it carries out its work. On the day following the election date, the mission's initial conclusions will be presented at a press conference. The final report summarizing the mission's work will be published approximately two months after the end of the electoral process.