Poland is voting in parliamentary elections today which look set to move the country to the political right. But the campaign leading up to polling day barely seems to have registered on the public radar. Disillusioned by corruption scandals and high unemployment under the ruling leftists, voter turnout is expected to be low.
Surveys are predicting the centre right Law and Justice and Civic Platform parties will win around sixty percent of the vote. Law and Justice co-leader Lech Kaczynski is a frontrunner for presidential elections in two weeks time. His twin brother Jaroslav is up for the job of prime minister today.
A ruling coalition with the pro-business Civic Platform and their prime ministerial candidate, Jan Rokita, looks almost certain. But as for who gets the top jobs, it is still too close to call. The latest polls put the parties neck-and-neck. Trailing badly is the ruling Democratic Left Alliance. The ex-communists have been tainted by corruption scandals and Prime Minister Marek Bella has seen support dwindle. The first partial election results are expected late on Sunday.