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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poland Doesn't Want Election Observers

WARSAW -- Poland said Friday that it did not want observers from Europe's main security watchdog to monitor its Oct. 21 parliamentary election, because it was a democracy.

Polish foreign ministry spokesman Robert Szaniawski said Poland was a solid democracy and added that the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe made a "faux pas" by asking Warsaw to invite observers to ensure the vote was democratic.

"OSCE asked Poland to admit observers for the election but Poland rejected the proposal, underlining that Poland is a democracy," Szaniawski said.

Poland will hold a general poll Oct. 21. The parliament voted earlier this month to dissolve the chamber, triggering a vote two years ahead of schedule.

Former Czech president and democracy leader Vaclav Havel suggested earlier this month that it would be a good idea to send observers from the OSCE or another international institution to ensure Poland's elections were fair.