Election Call for Polish Citizens in Calton

Last updated: 9.20am, Wednesday 2nd October 2019 by

The Calton Heritage and Learning Centre is to be a polling station for Poland’s general election on October 13.

The announcement was made by Poland’s Consulate General in Edinburgh.

Polish people living in Scotland will be entitled to cast their ballot to elect their new Government without the need to return home.

Two Glasgow polling stations have been selected with the other being Kelvingrove. The other ten are in locations around Scotland.

The Calton Heritage and Learning Centre - located adjacent to Thenue’s London Road offices - is no stranger to elections. It is a regular polling place for United Kingdom polls.

Glasgow and Scotland have a strong historical bond with Poland stretching back to the second world war. In fact there are trading links between Scotland and Poland documented as far back as the 1400's – particularly in the Aberdeen and Grampian area.

It is believed that more Polish nationals now live in Scotland than any other group from outside the UK and the two countries share a rich bond of friendship.

Rosie Robertson, Centre Manager of the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre, said: “This is a first for our Centre and we are delighted to be helping Polish citizens living in Scotland exercise their democratic rights.

“We are also very grateful to the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh for choosing us to fulfill this important role.”

Charles Turner, our Chief Executive, said: “The Calton Heritage and Learning Centre was set up to bring people together and celebrates its seventh birthday on 1st November 2019.

“Glasgow is home to many Polish Scots and it’s great that a Centre set up to benefit the local Calton community has for the first time carved out a truly international role.”