Poland votes for a new president today an election called following the death of President Lech Kaczynski and most of the country’s political and military elite in a plane crash in Russia in April.
The two frontrunners are way ahead of the other eight candidates according to opinion polls.
Bronislaw Komorowski, the candidate of the ruling centrist party, Civic Platform, is in the box seat ahead of the vote. Komorowski shares the ambitions of the country’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to bring Poland into the Europe’s political mainstream, a goal that includes joining the euro zone as soon as feasible.
Former Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of the late president, has fought an effective campaign taming his eurosceptic rhetoric with calls for solidarity in a time of national crisis.
For the country to elect a new president after the first round of voting the winner must poll more that 50 per cent of the vote or face a runoff on July 4.
Most believe a runoff is the most likely outcome.