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Incumbent Polish president admits he needs to listen to the voters

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By Seamus Kearney
Incumbent Polish president admits he needs to listen to the voters

A day after appearing to come second in the first round of Poland’s presidential election, the incumbent has admitted he needs to listen to the voters.

President Bronislaw Komorowski has even promised a referendum on voting reform after the surprise result forecast. It’s an issue championed by one of his rival candidates.

The incumbent says he will submit a draft amendment to the constitution if he is elected.

“I have to look reality in the eyes,” said Komorowski.

“I have to draw conclusions from the result of yesterday’s voting, and in my opinion – I will say it again, as I said yesterday – I should listen to the voters.”

Early figures after the first round put conservative candidate Andrzej Duda in the lead.

Final results are still not through, but it seems likely Komorowski will face Duda in a second-round run-off vote on May the 24th.

The early results were a surprise to many, with opinion polls before Sunday’s ballot showing the incumbent with a comfortable lead.

The outcome of the run-off will depend on who manages to attract the votes of a rock musician who came in third place in the first round.