The Poles are being called to the polls on Sunday for the second round of presidential elections between outgoing Conservative President Andrzej Duda and Liberal Mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski.
The Poles are called to decide, Sunday, July 12, between an outgoing Conservative president and a Europhile Liberal who wants to restore ties with Brussels in a presidential election whose second round promises to be very close.
The result of this seradecisive vote for the future of the government of the Conservative and Nationalist Law and Justice Party (PiS), which its opponents accuse of reversing the democratic freedoms acquired three decades ago in the fall of communism.
With the support of PiS, President Andrzej Duda is facing the mayor of Warsaw, RafalTrzaskowski, from the central centralist opposition party Civic Platform (PO), and the latest polls show equal opportunities for the two candidates.
The vote would take place in May – when Duda led the vote – but it had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Support for the head of state has declined significantly since then, partly due to the fallout from the epidemic, which has plunged Poland into its first recession since the fall of the communist regime. Experts say the outcome on Sunday could be so close that court challenges and protests could arise.
Opinion stations open at 05:00 GMT and close at 19:00 GMT. An initial survey is planned shortly after, the first official results will only come Monday morning.
In the first round, on June 28, Duda first came with 43.5% of the vote and Trzaskowskideuxième with 30.4%.
EurasiaGroup, a political risk consulting firm, emphasizes that RafalTrzaskowskia had to mobilize very different parts of the electorate against AndrzejDuda and estimates that the victory will therefore probably go to the outgoing candidate, by a narrow margin.
“Trzaskowski’s proved to be a competent and eloquent candidate, but two weeks is a short time to reduce the distance,” according to the opinion from EurasiaGroup, which highlights a “clear lack of support” from the candidates’ unhappy opposition in the first round.
“Two visions about Poland”
AndrzejDuda promised to defend the popular social support launched by PiSet, led a polarizing campaign, especially attacked the rights of LGBT people and rejected the idea of compensation for Jewish property stolen by the Nazis and under the communist regime.
“These elections are a confrontation of two visions of Poland, between white and red and the rainbow,” said Justice Minister ZbigniewZiobro, quoted on Friday by the PAP News Agency, referring to the Polish national flag and the symbol used by the LGBT community.
The government and its public media, fully engaged in the campaign for Mr. Duda, attacked the titles controlled by the German capital and accused them of “bias” after a tabloid from the RingierAxel Springer group criticized Mr. Duda for pardoning a pedophile.
RafalTrzaskowskilui is for civil partnerships, including between people of the same sex. His decision to sign a declaration of support for LGBT people prompted many of the eastern and most conservative regions of the country to declare themselves “LGBT Free Zones” last year.
If he wins, he promises to backtrack on controversial judicial reforms that put Poland on a collision course with the rest of the European Union.
“These elections will determine the fate of Poland for the foreseeable future,” said Adam Strzembosz, former president of the Supreme Court and respected law professor.
“Will it be dominated and completely subordinated to a political party, with all the consequences of a dictatorial power, or will we succeed in stopping this process?” He asked.