Poland's first democratic local elections since the interwar period
were held in 1990; subsequent elections were held in 1994 and 1998.
Poland is administered locally through a system of 16 provinces
(województwa), established in 1999 to replace the previous system
of 49 provinces. The provinces are divided into counties (powiata),
which are subdivided into towns and communes.
Local governors and provincial assemblies administer the local
districts. Members of the provincial assemblies are chosen by popularly
elected councils that represent the towns and communes.