Ukrainians in Poland & Czech Republic Vote
Many stood in long lines to enter their polling stations
Since morning, the Ukrainian embassy in Poland was full of people and had a line out the door.
The queue of wishful voters stretched for 200 meters. The wait was estimated to be two hours on average. Many tried to come as early as possible. During the first round of the presidential elections on March 21st, the embassy had to extend working hours by an hour-and-a-half, so that all in line could cast their ballot.
“Last time I came at 8 a.m. because my friends got into such a mess – they stood in line for four hours. Therefore, I decided to come as early as possible. So, today I came at 7:30 a.m.,” one voter said.
There are many young people on the list of registered voters in Poland. Many came as families. Some who came to Poland for a vacation planned ahead, registering to vote abroad, and casting their ballots there. Ukrainians can vote in four Polish cities – Warsaw, Krakow, Lyublin, and Lyublin.
“There were no dilemmas about whether to go or not to go to the polling stations. I had to come to make the right choice so that the country would develop in the right direction. It depends on each of us, where we will be and how quickly we’ll achieve it,” a voter said.
“We know why we are here. We hope that Ukraine will continue to move in the same direction. It is necessary for us and for the children,” a voter said.
In the Czech Republic, the number of voters was also noticeably high. There are two polling stations there, in Brno and in Prague. Near the Ukrainian embassy in the Czech Capital, the line was estimated to contain hundreds of people.
The first Ukrainians worldwide to finish voting are those in Australia. The polling station there, in the capital of Canberra, closed at 8 p.m. local time. The last one to close will be the polling station in San Francisco, California.