Polls predict Poles will change political state of play in election

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
Polls predict Poles will change political state of play in election

Campaigning has come to an end and Poland is starting a day of reflection ahead of Sunday’s (October 25) general elections.

Two new polls suggest the vote will be a game-changer, with the conservative, eurosceptic Law and Justice Party pegged to win.

If proven to be the case, a new, nationalist-minded, but economically left-leaning, government would be propelled onto the European political scene.

Civic Platform in decline?

The surveys predict the decline of the incumbent, centrist Civic Platform Party, forecasting Law and Justice – known as PiS – will gain a narrow victory of around thirty percent of the votes.

If victorious, PiS is likely to seek a small coalition partner and aim to form a government quickly.

Successful presidential campaign

The party ran a successful campaign to elect Andrzej Duda President of Poland in May. He has urged Poles to participate in Sunday’s ballot.

Migration policies

One of Duda’s early moves upon taking up the role was to reject the idea of compulsory migrant quotas, proposed by the European Union.

A win for his party would further deepen the rift surrounding migration to Europe and put relations with Berlin and Brussels under even greater strain.