What was the Result?
The right-wing populist Law and Justice Party (PiS), under Jarosław Kaczyński, greatly increased its share of the popular vote by almost eight percentage points, winning 45 per cent of votes cast. This is according to a preliminary count of 82.79 per cent of the votes cast, which was made this morning. The result was achieved on the largest electoral turnout – 61.6% – since the fall of communism in 1989.
If the estimate is correct, it looks likely to provide Kaczyński’s party with an absolute majority in Poland’s lower house, the Sejm, with a likely total of 239 of the total 460 seats available going to the PiS. This places them in a very strong position to pursue their legislative agenda.