In this project, we raise civic awareness in the community and encourage citizens to get involved in the electoral process at the local level. We are preparing people to act as community electoral observers, trusted persons and members of the ward electoral commissions. We are also implementing an educational campaign on the electoral process aimed at all voters. The problem addressed by the project is the residents’ low knowledge and awareness of the electoral process. The problem is important especially in the context of widespread disinformation that influences voting decisions. Public observation and the role of a trusted person or a member of the ward electoral commission is an activity available to all citizens. It is also a way of education in action through which any person can learn how the electoral process works.
The project is aimed at two main groups of beneficiaries. The first one includes active people who want to get involved in the election process but do not have sufficient knowledge or skills. The second one is made up of people from NGOs or informal groups from the Mazovian, Warmian-Masurian and Kuyavian-Pomeranian provinces who are involved in civic activities at the local level and want to increase their knowledge of electoral processes and civic control over elections. As part of the project, we are preparing educational materials for members of ward electoral commissions, trusted persons and community electoral observers. For the general electorate, we are developing guides that explain, step by step, how the electoral process works. We carry out instruction meetings (online and in-person in the provinces covered by the project) and trainings on how to conduct social monitoring of the electoral process for NGOs and informal groups.