POLAND: Free Election

In a spirit of partisan exuberance tempered with terror, Poland approached its first nationwide popular election, ten days hence. By last week most of the combined opposition (Socialist and Polish Peasant Party) candidates had been jailed, and their supporters more or less completely cowed by the secret police, by striking their names from voting lists and by arrest. The Communist-dominated Government ventured to predict an "overwhelming" victory. According to the Potsdam Agreement, the Polish elections must be absolutely free and secret.

Stanislaw Mikolajczyk, Vice Premier and leader of the combined opposition, gave the number...

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