Final preparations are underway as Poland gets ready to vote in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. After four years of corruption and high unemployment under the Democratic Left Alliance, its poised for a swing to the right.
The pro-reform Law and Justice party has taken a slight lead in the polls over its more conservative ally, Civic Platform. That was good news for Law and Justice co-leader Jaroslav Kacnynski, who with his twin brother and presidential candidate Lech has campaigned on a return to the values of the Solidarity movement which toppled Communism. Their likely coalition partner, the Civic Platform party led by Jan Rokita, wants even bolder reform, including a 15 percent flat tax rate. Trailing is the Democrat Left Alliance, whose support has dwindled amid high unemployment and a number of corruption scandals. Polling with just eight per cent of the vote, its leader faces an uphill struggle to win over a skeptical Polish electorate. Current president Aleksander Kwasniewski is barred under Polish law from seeking a third term in presidential elections scheduled in just over two weeks’ time. As for the parliamentary vote, high voter apathy means turnout is expected to be low.