Warsaw mayor may keep her job on low turnout in recall referendum - exit poll
October 14, 2013
Warsaw residents vote in mayor recall referendum
Ruling party Civic Platform (PO) may see its deputy chairman Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz retain her job of Warsaw mayor, as turnout in a local referendum to recall her may have turned out to be too low, an exit poll by TNS Polska for broadcasters TVN24 and TVP showed.
According to the exit poll, turnout by 8:30pm on Sunday October 13 was at 27.2%, below the 29.1% threshold required to make the vote valid. However, polling stations closed at 9:00pm.
Voters were asked a single question: "Should Ms Hanna Beata Gronkiewicz-Waltz be recalled as Mayor of Warsaw before the end of her term in office?" Among those participating in the vote, 93.8% sought mayor's dismissal.
Gronkiewicz-Waltz still cannot be sure of retaining the job; the maximum error of the poll is estimated att 2 pps. Exit poll was conducted at 150 randomly selected polling stations.
The referendum came after politicians from the main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) and the liberal Palikot's Movement parties, who accused Gronkiewicz-Waltz for mismanaging the Polish capital collected enough signatures in favor of the public vote.
Gronkiewicz-Waltz took over as mayor in December 2006. She then secured reelection in 2010 after winning nearly 54% of the vote in the first round.
For the referendum to be valid, three-fifths of the number who turned out for the mayoral elections in 2010 must participate.
The result of the referendum is seen as a key test of the popularity of Tusk's governing PO party, which has fallen behind the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) in the opinion polls.