Although the post is mostly symbolic the president does have the power to veto legislation and appoint governments.
Andrzej Duda, Poland's incumbent president, is expected to win the first round of voting on Sunday. But he is set to face a much tougher run-off, say experts.
Exit polls suggest the main coalition partners have secured 210 of the 250 parliamentary seats up for grabs.
Demonstrators wore facemasks in defiance and carried slippers, joining opposition activists' calls to "smash the cockroach".
The elections will take place with health and social distancing measures in place, France's Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said.
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Poland's government has moved ahead with plans to hold the presidential election on May 10 via a new mail-in system. Human Rights Watch says the moved would not deliver "free, and fair" elections.
Unreported Europe hears that unemployment, corruption and frustration are fueling the rise of the right in the French city of Hénin-Beaumont.
The breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia is holding a presidential election to replace the leader who stepped down in January under pressure from the opposition.
The ruling party of President Emomali Rakhmon is expected to sweep the parliamentary election in Tajikistan, with only one genuine opposition party taking part and the former main opposition banned.
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When Slovaks head to the polls this Saturday they face multiple issues - but as well as usual campaign issues of the economy and migration, the rule of law and corruption hang over the choice at the ballot box.
The centre-right Christian Democrats are in disarray following recent electoral setbacks and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s decision to stand aside.
Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's election gamble appears to have backfired.
Leo Varadkar said: "We’ve made some good progress since I’ve become Taoiseach. But I know it’s not enough."
Conservative incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is running for a second term, will face a run-off on January 5.
Where could the future of the UK be won and lost, and are any of the party leaders under threat in their own constituencies?
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In the wake of months of demonstrations in Algeria, two former prime ministers and other senior political figures were jailed for corruption, in an apparent attempt to calm protests.
Our institutions will have to change and better adapt themselves to the basic needs of our population, such as clean air, clean water and clean energy. This will only be possible with a new political mind-set and with a greater role for younger generations.
The mass demonstrations in the country are calling for electoral reform.
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Protesters are calling for electoral reforms to be sped up as they say the current system unfairly favours the ruling party
Uruguay's two main candidates were virtually tied after Sunday's general election
A Twitter spokesperson said: "Any further attempts to mislead people by editing verified profile information - in a manner seen during the UK Election Debate - will result in decisive corrective action."
Police in riot gear clashed with demonstrators in the second day of protests over the failure of promised election reforms.