Poland’s President Andrzej Duda won the highest percentage of votes in today’s presidential election, but he will have to face the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, in a second round, according to a poll at the polls.
According to the projection of the polling company Ipsos, Duda obtained 41.8% of the votes, while Trzaskowski received 30.4%, with a margin of error of two percentage points.
If the result is confirmed, the second round will take place on July 12th.
The Polish electoral commission has already said that the final results of today’s election will be published by Wednesday evening.
A further victory for Duda, for a second five-year term, will determine whether the Law and Justice (PiS, Polish acronym) party maintains its near monopoly over political power in the country.
Polls carried out last week indicated that Duda may have more difficulties in a second round, as many opposition voters are expected to unite against him.
The third most voted candidate, according to the same poll at the polls, was Szymon Holownia, a journalist and television presenter. Holownia obtained 13.3% of the votes, without any party affiliation.
Most of his supporters were in favor of Trzaskowski in an eventual second round.
Fourth came the far-right candidate, Krzysztof Bosak, with 7.4%.
In the campaign for these presidential candidates, initially scheduled for May 10 and which were postponed due to constitutional doubts, Duda sought to mobilize the conservative base of PiS against the centrist candidate’s program, which he portrays as a threat to traditional Polish values.