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Poles prepare to go to the polls

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Poles prepare to go to the polls


Poland goes to the polls tomorrow in a presidential run-off too close to call.

Officials have been making the final preparations for the second and final round which pits centre right frontrunner Bronislaw Komorowski against conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

With all indicators showing the contenders neck and neck some analysts believe the seasonal factor could be key, with Komorowski expected to find it tougher to mobilise core supporters in the holiday period.

Preferred among investors, the leader of the ruling centrist Civic Platform has made tackling the budget deficit and public debt a priority. He also favours joining the euro.

In contrast, his rival Kaczynski opposes cutting state spending and privatisation and remains sceptical on the euro.

He has warned Poles during the campaign of the dangers of having both a president and prime minister from the same political party. Even though, the government sets policies Poland’s constitution enables the president to propose and veto laws.

The last round saw some 55 percent of Poles cast their ballots, a relatively high turnout by Poland’s standards, in an election triggered by the death of Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in Russia last April.

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