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Poland prepares to vote for new president

06-20-2010 10:33 BJT

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Poles will be voting on Sunday for a new president. The early election was set after the tragic death of president Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in Russia two months ago.

Surveys show among 10 candidates, only two have a real chance to be chosen.

It was a little break from the presidential campaign. Jaroslaw Kaczynski and the daughter of president Lech Kaczynski have gone to Krakow to visit the tomb of the presidential couple who died in an airplane crash April 10th.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Candidate in the Election, said, "Today is also the 61st birthday of my brother who died not so long ago. Please pay a tribute to him with a minute of silence."

Later on the campaign went back to normal. It was the last day of the Polish presidential campaign. This meant a last chance to make the undecided voters-decide.

Krzysztof Kowalczyk, University in Szczecin, said, "This campaign was special, because of the tragic events that have recently touched Poland. The Smolensk catastrophe and floods. I think that many people might not vote, or vote for the opposition."

The presidential election will be held Sunday. There are 10 candidates, but the real battle is between two of them. The acting president and speaker of the lower house Bronislaw Komorowski from the party in power. Civic Platform, and the former prime minister from the Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Prof. Bogdan Szklarski, Polish Academy of Science, said, "Komorowski is forward looking. He belongs to the party which wants to stimulate the development of Poland within the EU structure. Kaczynski of the Law and Justice party is a traditionalist. He is looking backwards, if I may say so, in an attempt to resurrect Polish pride."

The surveys show none of the candidates is likely to get more than 50 percent of votes in the first round. If this happens, there will be a second round.

Robert Alberski, University of Wroclaw, said, "If it comes to the second round, the surveys are indicating that Bronislaw Komorowski is more likely to win."

Even if Civic platform wins the presidential elections, there is a huge concern about the next parliamentary elections that will take place next year.

Prof. Bogdan Szklarski, said, "Knowing Polish political culture, next year there will be a strong sentiment against the monopoly of power, so against one party controlling both major institutions, which will work against the Civic Platform"

Megda Belka, Warsaw, said, The election starts tomorrow at 6:00 am. The first results should be known at midnight.


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