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Poles pick regional representatives

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Polish voters are going to the polls today in local elections – the first major test of the ruling conservatives’ popularity since they won power a year ago. Opinion polls suggest Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party and its allies in the coalition government will do well in rural areas.

But the main opposition Civic Platform is expected to perform better in the big cities, engines of Poland’s rapid economic growth which may exceed 5 percent this year. The vote takes on extra significance two years after Poland joined the European Union because the winners will have a decisive say on how billions of euros from EU funds are spent on infrastructure projects over the next four years.