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Polish voters re-elect mayors in Kraków, Gdańsk: exit poll

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Paweł Kononczuk 04.11.2018 21:15
Candidates backed by Poland’s ruling conservatives have failed to oust incumbent mayors in the cities of Kraków and Gdańsk, according to an exit poll released after the second round of the country’s local elections on Sunday.
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After the first round of elections two weeks ago, the governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party won the most votes in elections to Poland’s regional assemblies, electoral officials announced.

Meanwhile, mayoral races in some cities, including Kraków in the south and the northern Baltic port of Gdańsk, went into run-offs after no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round.

Ballots to choose mayors and other local leaders were held in almost 650 cities and municipalities on Sunday.

In Kraków, incumbent Jacek Majchrowski won 64.6 percent of the vote in the second round, while Małgorzata Wassermann, who was backed by PiS, won 35.4 percent, according to an exit poll quoted by state broadcaster TVP.

In Gdańsk, mayor Paweł Adamowicz secured re-election after winning 64.7 percent of the vote, while his young PiS-backed rival Kacper Płażyński garnered 35.3 percent, according to the exit poll by Ipsos cited by TVP.

The official election results were expected to be announced around noon on Monday, public broadcaster Polish Radio reported.

Turnout by 5pm on Sunday was under 39 percent. Polling stations closed at 9pm.


Source: TVP/IAR

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