Polish people in Nottingham vote in country's election

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A polling station was opened in Nottingham on Sunday for the city's Polish community to vote in the country's presidential election.

It follows the death of President Lech Kaczynski, who died two months ago in a plane crash.

More than 700 people registered to vote at the polling station at the Polish Centre on Sherwood Rise.

Mateusz Lawrynowicz, from the centre, said it was very important to many people.

He said: "A lot of Polish people living in Nottingham want to go back to Poland at some point.

"Many of them don't know when it's going to be. It could be within a couple of months, within a couple of years, and they still care and worry how Poland's going to develop and therefore we do want to take part in the elections."

The polling station in Nottingham was due to close at 2000 BST on Sunday.

The late president's identical twin, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and acting president Bronislaw Komorowski are among the 10 candidates in the Polish election.

If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, as seems likely, a run-off will be held on 4 July.

Ninety-six people died in the crash in Smolensk in western Russia on 10 April.

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