Polish voters are being spared election fever for the day – on the eve of the vote, campaigning is banned.
The main protagonists are the pro-european Civic Platform of the incumbent prime minister and the nationalist Law and Justice party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
Warsaw resident Irena Makarewicz said: ‘I think the result will be surprising, it won’t be known which party has won until the very end, there will be a minor difference in the percentage points between Civic Platform and Law and Justice.’
In fact the polls put Prime Minister Donald Tusk on 35 per cent, comfortably ahead of his rival. With that figure he would need to form a coalition with one of the smaller parties. Civic Platform is broadly pro-business and in favour of closer ties with the EU. He has stressed the country’s strong record of economic growth under his stewardship.
Kaczynski’s Law and Justice party are trailing on 27 per cent in the polls. During his last stint in power in 2006-2007 his abrasive style led to deteriorating relations with Russia and Germany. At home, attempts to purge or prosecute communist-era officials were seen as clumsy.
Despite the opinion poll standings as the ballot boxes are prepared for Sunday’s vote there remain in Poland more than 20 per cent of the electorate who are still undecided.