17 November 2014

Poland votes in local elections

Election posters for local elections are fixed in a street close to a polling station in Lomianki near Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.
Local elections were held in Poland on Sunday, a vote considered to be a test for the main parties before national ballots next year.
Around 30 million eligible voters were choosing nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders, amid concerns the turnout would be low.

Exit polls conducted by the Ipsos polling center suggested that the opposition nationalist Law and Justice party won in provincial assemblies, with some 31.5 percent of the votes, over the governing pro-business Civic Platform, with some 27.3 percent of votes. Partial official results from the electoral commission were expected early Monday.
The exit polls were bad news for Civic Platform, before presidential elections to be held in the spring and the general elections scheduled for the fall of 2015.
In power since 2007, the Civic Platform is led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. She took over from Donald Tusk in September, when Tusk stepped down to take the job of European Council president starting Dec. 1. 
(AP)
Leader of the main oposition party, tha Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski votes during the first round of Polish local elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year.Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.
Election posters for local elections are fixed in a street close to a polling station in Lomianki near Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.
Voters read documents during the first round of Polish local elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.
Voter checks documents during the first round of Polish local elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. T The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.

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