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Poles to vote in second round of local elections on Sunday

19.04.2024 23:30
Poles will head to the ballot box to vote in the second round of local government elections on Sunday.
Photo:PAP/Valdemar Doveiko

Ballots to choose mayors and other local leaders will be held in 748 cities and municipalities nationwide, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

In the first round on April 7, the opposition conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party won the most votes in elections to Poland’s regional assemblies, but was outdistanced by the government coalition in mayoral races in most major cities, including Warsaw, Gdańsk, Łódź and Katowice, according to electoral officials.

Mayoral races in several other cities, including the southern city of Kraków, Poznań in the west and Wrocław in the southwest, were inconclusive and went to runoffs after no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round.

Polling stations will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday and close at 9 p.m.

A media blackout comes into force on Friday at midnight under which domestic news providers are forbidden by law from publishing opinion polls showing the level of support for candidates in the elections.

The ban lasts until polling stations close. Political campaigning is also forbidden during this period.


Source: IAR, PAP