POLAND: Let's Try Again

One of Yalta's broken promises was that postwar Poland would be a democracy with a popularly elected government. To keep up this hollow fiction, the Polish Communist Party insists that Poles vote for a preselected slate of Communist candidates. Last week, announcing the results of current elections, Radio Warsaw added a shocked comment: in some villages "less than one-half of those entitled to vote went to the polls," while in others "less than one-half the number of required councilors were elected." The Communist corrective: elections will be reheld and villagers forced to vote.


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