Ruling party PO wins Poland’s European Parliament elections - - final results
May 27, 2014
Poland's PM Donald Tusk
Poland's governing party Civic Platform (PO) narrowly won the national elections to the European Parliament on Sunday, beating its main rival, main opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party by 0.35 ppt, the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said on Monday.
The center-right PO of Prime Minister Donald Tusk received 32.13% of the vote nationwide, while the conservative, euroskeptic PiS led by Jaroslaw Kaczynski scored 31.78%.
The Democratic Left Alliance-Union of Labor (SLD-UP) was backed by 9.44 percent of Poles.
The biggest surprise was the success of the anti-EU Congress of the New Right, led by the political maverick Janusz Korwin-Mikke, which gained 7.15% of the vote.
The junior coalition partner, the Polish People’s Party (PSL) got 6.80 % of the vote.
Poland will have 51 seats in the European Parliament. PiS and PO will have 19 seats each, SLD-UP - 5 seats, and the New Right Congress and PSL - 4 seats each.
All other parties did not make it to the European Parliament as they fell short of the five percent threshold required for parliamentary representation.
Solidary Poland was backed by 3.98 percent of Poles, the Europe Plus Your Movement by 3.50 percent, Poland Together by 3.16 percent and the National Movement by 1.4 percent.
Voter turnout in the Sunday election reached 23.82 percent.
Earlier on Sunday PM Tusk thanked everyone who voted, after “not an easy campaign” and “at a very important moment for Poland and Europe”.
“I would like to thank not only those who voted for us but also all those who cast their ballot in these Euro elections, PO leader said.
He also promised „a huge effort” to regain the lost support.
He congratulated all the candidates who made it through to the European Parliament because he said every MEP would have to represent the Polish interest.
“I am deeply convinced that we will succeed in building a common stance in the most important moments”, he said.