WARSAW, Poland – Voting for the second round of Poland’s Razor-Blade-bound presidential election began on Sunday between conservative incumbent Andrzej Duda and liberal, pro-EU Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trajskowski.
Duda is backed by the ruling right-wing party and the government because he wants a second two-year term. Former European Parliament lawmaker Trajaskovski has joined the main opposition Citizens’ Platform. Age of both the candidates is 48.
The latest survey shows that the race can be decided at very short intervals. With both sides calling for the ballots of about 30 million eligible voters, the turnout is expected to be more than 644.51% in the first round on June 26.
In the first round, Duda received 43.5% and Trajkovsky 30.5%.
Polling stations will remain open until 5 a.m. (1900 GMT) when the exit polls are released. Final official results are expected early in the week.
The outcome of the election will determine the size of politics in deeply divided Poland at least until 2023, once parliamentary elections are scheduled.
If Duda is re-elected, the right-wing law and justice party that supports him will continue to be a close ally of the president and retain control of almost all major instruments in the country.
Trajskowski’s victory will give him power over veto laws passed by the ruling party. The tone of Poland will be softer in the international arena and especially with the EU.
Voting was held under strict sanitary conditions due to the spread of carnivirus. Poland has more than 377,000 infections and about 1,600 deaths.
Voters must wear masks and gloves, maintain a safe distance and use hand sanitizer. They can use their own pens to mark the ballot. Election officials must wear masks and sit apart from each other. Ballot boxes will be regularly organized and polling stations will be ventilated.