Poland

Presidential election goes to second round


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The Polish Presidential election will go to a second round on 24th May after the result was inconclusive in Sunday’s poll.

In a surprise result for the first round, incumbent President Bronislaw Komorowski of the ruling Civic Platform (PO) came in second on Sunday with just 33.32% of the vote. He was beaten into first place by Andrzej Duda of the opposition Law and Justice Party (PiS) who secured 35.31% of the vote.

Pawel Kukiz, an Independent and former rock star took more than 20% of the vote. He had been campaigning for a first past the post system (FPTP) of elections to replace the current list system and President Komorowski has since indicated that he would hold a referendum on the introduction of FPTP and single member constituencies.

Support for the President has been steadily declining in recent months and the shock result on Sunday will worry the ruling party as a general election approaches in October this year.

Komorowski and Duda will have a chance to put their case to the voters in two televised debates for TVP on 17th May and for TVN24 on 21st May according to the Warsaw Voice.

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