Donald Tusk and Lech Kaczynski will contest a second round in the presidential election in two weeks time.
Another late swing to Kaczynski (PiS) sees him within two percent of the leading candidate for president, Donald Tusk.
Turnout was up by ten percent on the parliamentary elections two weeks ago.
The third and forth placed candidates polled better that expected, with Andrzej Lepper and Marek Borowski polling 15 and 10 percent.
The question now is: who will get those votes, Tusk or Kaczynski (nickname, the duck)?
The majority of the votes for Lepper - according to TVN 24 - may go to Kaczynski, and most of Borowski's will go to Tusk.
I went along earlier with girlfriend, Ania, and the dog, to ballot station 175 - which, in another life, is the local school. As the dog and myself were ineligible to vote, we waited outside in the sunshine and watched a few, mainly young, people go in to put a cross beside the name of one of the 12 candidates.
The election official said that a steady trickle of people had turned out to vote. It just after lunchtime.
Ania voted for Tusk. She is Tusk’s core voter. Born in Warsaw, mid-thirties, university graduate, marketing manager in a TV company, thinks she pays to much tax. Secular. Thinks Kaczynski is old-fashioned. Thinks Tusk is a decent guy, and might reduce her taxes.
At 4.00 p.m. 35% had voted – that’s eight percent more than at the same time in the parliamentary election two weeks ago.
In a joint interview on TVP public television after the exit poll was announced at 8 p.m., Tusk gave some advise to Kaczynski: ‘It’s time to give up, man!’ But the race is now much closer than the opinion polls had indicated before Sunday's vote.
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Posted by beatroot at 10/09/2005