Polish politicians are hoping to reverse traditional low voter turnout in today’s general election. Television debates and internet video sharing have been used to boost interest. The two main contenders are both conservative but there the similarity between them ends. Older members of the population, generally more wary of radical change, are expected to reinvest in the Law and Justice party of Prime Minister Yaroslav Kacynski.
His fragile coalition government collapsed last month over a corruption row, but Kacynski dearly wants to continue his anti-graft mission. The man standing in his way is Civic Platform leader Donald Tusk. A modernizer, he has far reaching plans to overhaul the economy.
He has used blogs and YouTube postings to try to ensnare Poland’s younger vote. His supplement to the tried and tested methods of campaigning were rewarded by a convincing lead in pre-election polls.