General election on 9 October
President Bronislaw Komorowski announced on Tuesday that the Polish general election will take place on 9th October. The election will be for both houses, the Sejm and Senat.
In the 2007 election the Civic Platform (PO) led by Donald Tusk, the current prime minister, won 209 of the 460 seats with 41.5% of the vote. Currently the PO are standing at around 40% in the opinion polls and are the favourites to win in October. In 2007 they entered into a coalition with the Polish People’s Party (PSL).
The main opposition party, the Law and Justice Party (PiS) of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, hold 166 seats and are currently on around 30% of the vote compared with 31.2% at the 2007 election.
Poland took the EU presidency on 1st July for the first time and will hold this for six months until the end of December, so the elections will fall during their presidency. The Polish government has said that there are three areas they wish to push during their presidency, European integration as a driver for economic growth, European security, and the benefits of an open Europe.