1593328205_ap20174447164339 Poland Holds Presidential Election Scheduled for Could However Delayed by Covid-19 Pandemic

Polish President Andrzej Duda waves to supporters as he campaigns for a second time period in Serock, Poland. (AP Picture/Czarek Sokolowski, file)

President Andrzej Duda, a 48-year-old conservative backed by the ruling occasion, is operating in opposition to 10 different candidates as he seeks a second 5-year time period.

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Final Up to date: June 28, 2020, 12:41 PM IST


Poles started voting in a presidential election Sunday that had initially been scheduled for Could however was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

President Andrzej Duda, a 48-year-old conservative backed by the ruling occasion, is operating in opposition to 10 different candidates as he seeks a second 5-year time period.


Most up-to-date polls confirmed that no single candidate was prone to attain the 50% required to keep away from a runoff. In that case, the 2 high vote-getters will face one another July 12.

Polling stations stay open till 9 p.m. (1900 GMT), and exit polls might be introduced instantly after. The ultimate officers outcomes are anticipated by Wednesday on the newest.

Poland has not been as badly hit by the pandemic as many international locations in Western Europe, and most people have been voting in particular person, although required to put on masks and observe different hygiene guidelines. There was additionally a mail-in voting choice, whereas 1000’s in some southwestern areas with larger numbers of an infection have been additionally required to vote by mail.

As of Sunday, there have been about 34,000 confirmed instances of COVID-19 within the nation of 38 million people, with some 1,400 deaths.

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The election takes place amid deep cultural and political divisions.

Duda, who’s backed by the ruling Regulation and Justice occasion, has run a marketing campaign that centered on defending conventional values within the largely Catholic nation whereas promising to lift residing requirements on a par with these within the West. He took a place in opposition to same-sex marriage and adoption and denounced the LGBT rights motion as a harmful “ideology.”

That type of rhetoric — together with legal guidelines which have given the nationalist and conservative Regulation and Justice occasion a lot higher management over the justice system and the harnessing of public media as a device to advertise the federal government’s picture — have raised considerations amongst some that Poland is following Hungary in eroding democratic foundations.

Duda’s strongest problem comes from the Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski, additionally 48, who’s backed by the centrist Civic Platform occasion.

On the marketing campaign path, Trzaskowski, has promised to maintain Regulation and Justice’s standard spending packages whereas vowing to revive constitutional norms.

Trzaskowski entered the race late after an election initially scheduled for Could 10 was scrapped as a result of pandemic. Duda’s as soon as robust assist, bolstered by adulatory protection in public media, started to slide as soon as restrictions have been lifted and different candidates may marketing campaign.

Polling forward of Sunday’s vote steered that Duda was the front-runner on Sunday however won’t attain the 50% wanted to win outright. Polls additionally confirmed that he would have a tougher time in a runoff provided that many opposition votes can be anticipated to consolidate in opposition to Duda.

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The opposite candidates embrace Szymon Holownia, a TV persona and journalist who had as soon as studied to be a priest. Holownia is unaffiliated with any occasion and has generated some enthusiasm amongst these bored with years of bickering between Regulation and Justice and Civic Platform, the nation’s two major events.

Additionally within the operating are a left-wing politician who’s Poland’s first brazenly homosexual presidential contender, Robert Biedron; the pinnacle of an agrarian occasion, Wladyslaw Kosiniak-Kamysz; and a lawmaker with the far-right Confederation occasion, Krzysztof Bosak.

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