Poland’s incumbent President Andrzej Duda holds a slim lead in the nation’s presidential election, in accordance with an exit poll.
The poll on Sunday confirmed Mr Duda, an ally of the conservative authorities, with 50.4% of the vote.
He was pitted in opposition to the socially liberal Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.
The vote has been broadly seen as a battle for the nation’s future in addition to its strained relations with the European Union.
Mr Trzaskowski bought 49.6%, in accordance with the exit poll, which pollster Ipsos stated had a margin of error of two proportion factors. Official outcomes are anticipated on Monday.
“I want to thank everyone that voted for me,” Mr Duda instructed supporters shortly after the exit poll was introduced.
A win for Mr Duda is predicted to herald controversial modifications to the judiciary and continued opposition to abortion and homosexual rights.
He got here beneath hearth through the election, together with for a speech in which he said LGBT rights were an “ideology” extra harmful than communism.
Speaking on the final day of campaigning on Friday, Mr Duda stated he would proceed strengthening the Polish state, “built on our inviolable tradition which is sacred to all of us and in which we have been brought up for generations”.
Mr Trzaskowski, in the meantime, has backed a extra progressive agenda and lively position in the European Union. The liberal politician rose quick in the polls after becoming a member of the race in May. Previously a member of Donald Tusk’s liberal Civic Platform authorities, he received the capital’s race for mayor in 2018 promising “Warsaw for All”.
He stated Polish voters would by no means have one other probability to vary Poland’s course.
“Everything is in your hands,” he stated on Friday. “This [electoral victory] is really at your fingertips. I want to tell you ‘now or never’ because this Law and Justice road roller will try to run over everything and the next election could be very difficult.”
Mr Duda topped the primary spherical of voting final month with a convincing lead however fell wanting the 50% wanted to win outright.
The election had been attributable to happen in May, when Mr Duda was greater in the polls and stood a greater probability of profitable in the primary spherical.
Although the coronavirus pandemic had not but peaked, the federal government was determined for the May vote to go forward. It ultimately backed down when a junior coalition companion joined the opposition in saying the governing nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) social gathering had been placing politics earlier than public well being.