Polish ruling PO gets 32.1%, opposition PiS - 31.8% in European Parliament vote, final results

By bne IntelliNews May 27, 2014

The senior ruling centre-right Civic Platform (PO) has won the elections for the European Parliament in Poland with 32.13% of votes, according to final official results, presented by the State Electoral Commission (PKW). The biggest opposition party, Law and Justice (PiS) was the runner-up with 31.78% of votes.

Interestingly, partial data based on data from 96.79% of voting commissions suggested that PiS would be the winner with 32.3% of votes, followed by PO with 31.3%.

According to PKW's final results, other parties that passed the 5% threshold for parliamentary representation were as follows: post-communist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) with 9.44%, the junior coalition partner, New Right-Wing (a new party set up by devout advocate of market economics, extravagant Janusz Korwina-Mikke) with 7.15% of votes and the Polish Peasants' Party (PSL) with 6.80% of votes.

For more than a year, PiS was the leader of most public opinion surveys, but in recent months, the support for PO has started to rise again.

According to PKW's statement, PO and PiS will each have 19 MEPs (vs. Poland's total of 51), while SLD - 5 MEPs and Nowa Prawica and PSL - 4 MEPs each.

Notably, the grouping affiliating some former SLD and former, left-leaning PO politicians headed by Janusz Palikot won 3.58% of votes compared to 10.0% in the 2011 general elections.

According to PKW's data, the turnout was 23.8% compared to 24.5% in the previous elections to the European Parliament (and vs. 48.9% in the last general polls).

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