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Civic Platform wins local elections


The ruling Civic Platform (PO) party has won the local and regional elections held on 21 November, receiving the biggest share of the vote and number of seats in regional assemblies, district councils and municipal councils. The scale of its victory was decisive, although the result was somewhat below latest poll numbers. The PO is now likely to assume power in all 16 regional assemblies, in most cases in coalition with the Polish Peasants’ Party (PSL), having won in 13 provinces.

The PSL, the junior coalition partner in the central government, got more votes and seats in the smallest localities of up to 20,000 inhabitants than any other nationwide party, and came a surprising third in elections to regional assemblies (winning Swietokrzyskie). The PO, the PSL and the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) party all made gains in the overall number votes received and in local- and regional-council seats won compared with 2006 (the Civic Platform increased its seats totally by almost 1,700). By contrast, Law and Justice (PiS), the main opposition party, saw its support fall in absolute numbers and lost a total of 380 seats across all levels of local government. It won in just two voivodships, Lubelskie and Podkarpackie, its strongholds in Eastern Poland. But in both it is set to be in opposition.

The regional elections, often seen as a bellwether for parliamentary elections, produced the following results: the PO got 30.9% of the vote, the PiS 23.1%, the PSL 16.3%, and the SLD 15.2%. Voter turnout was 47.3%.

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