Sunday, November 26, 2006

Hungover election official delays Polish exit poll

Turned on the television at 8 O’clock to see the exit poll result for the Warsaw mayor election.

Unfortunately, one election official got so drunk Saturday night that she failed to drag herself out of bed to open the balloting station. She is now helping police with their enquiries. So all voting places are open for one extra hour, folks!

Police were also called to a polling station today after a man showed up to vote accompanied by his pet goat (which wasn’t registered to vote).

In Krakow we do have some results. Mayor Jacek Majchrowski (who got 42% of the vote in the first round) beat government candidate Ryszard Terlecki by 50% to 40%. Last week Jan Rokita from opposition Civic Platform gave Terlecki his support, much to the outrage of many Platform supporters. This probably turned out to be a kiss of death.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last week Jan Rokita from opposition Civic Platform gave Terlecki his support, much to the outrage of many Platform supporters. This probably turned out to be a kiss of death.

Uhm, no. It had more to do with Terlecki's hippie past, featuring drugs and an affair with then 16 year old singer Kora Jackowska (age of consent in Poland is 15, but such stuff is not taken lightly), as well as several broken marriages. The latter led to a complete paranoia, that is local LPR people endorsing SLD-connected 'independent' Majchrowski because of Terlecki's 'moral deficiencies'.

Not to mention that Terlecki's father was a communist agent and he produced a full page article denouncing him. 'Honor thy mother and father', heh.

Source (Polish): http://serwisy.gazeta.pl/kraj/1,34314,3752752.html

Majchrowski is not very popular, but apparently most people deemed him agreable compared to Mr. Terlecki.

beatroot said...
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beatroot said...

In the 2002 Krakow elections (when Terlecki was not running) Majchrowski won with 51% of the vote in the second ballot and 25% in the first. In the first round four years later he gets well over 40%. He did and does have a significant degree of support in Krakow. He was also the incumbant mayor, which usually is a big advantage here...