UPDATE: Opposition party PiS takes lead in European Parliament elections
May 26, 2014
Conservative opposition party Law and Justice (PiS) apparently won elections to the European Parliament with 32.35% of votes, closely followed by ruling Civic Platform (PO) with 31.29%, partial results from 91% of polling stations show.
Leftist Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) secured 9.55% of votes while agrarian junior coalition partner Polish People’s Party (PSL) gathered 7.21% of votes.
Righting grouping the New Right, a newcomer to mainstream politics, got 7.06% of votes, unsurprisingly perhaps, as recent opinion polls had shown the grouping might surpass the 5% threshold for European Parliament representation.
PO and PiS will both likely take 19 seat in the European Parliament if the final results are close to partial ones. The calculations put the number of seats for SLD at 5 and for both PSL and the New Right at 4.
Other groupings, including the leftist splinter group Your Movement and the rightish splinter groups Solidarna Polska and Polska Razem, all most likely failed to cross the required 5% vote threshold for representation.
Poles were choosing from among 1,277 candidates in 27,664 constituencies. Turnout was 23.30%, two ppts down on 2009. Some 30.7 million Poles were eligible to vote.