Poland votes in local elections

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Posted: Nov 16, 2014 4:41 PM
Poland votes in local elections

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Local elections were held in Poland on Sunday, a vote considered to be a test for the main parties before national ballots next year.

Around 30 million eligible voters were choosing nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders, amid concerns the turnout would be low.

Exit polls conducted by the Ipsos polling center suggested that the opposition nationalist Law and Justice party won in provincial assemblies, with some 31.5 percent of the votes, over the governing pro-business Civic Platform, with some 27.3 percent of votes. Partial official results from the electoral commission were expected early Monday.

The exit polls were bad news for Civic Platform, before presidential elections to be held in the spring and the general elections scheduled for the fall of 2015.

In power since 2007, the Civic Platform is led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. She took over from Donald Tusk in September, when Tusk stepped down to take the job of European Council president starting Dec. 1.