Academic journal article Sarmatian Review

Local Elections in Poland

Academic journal article Sarmatian Review

Local Elections in Poland

Article excerpt

On 20 November 2010, elections to local self-governments took place in Poland. Mayors, members of the local parliaments (Sejmiki), and councilmen were elected and often reelected. Good news: PO and PiS are still the largest parties, and this means that Poland is moving toward a two-party system. The postcommunist SLD and the curiously colorless PSL still get a two-digit support, but PSL is increasingly becoming a nocommitment party that one joins as the first step in one's career without committing oneself to any program or views.

With less than half the eligible voters participating, there were no surprises. Overall, the Civic Platform (PO) won with 32 percent of the vote; Law and Justice (PiS) got 23 percent. For reasons that remain unclear, a large percentage of the ballots (3 million) were invalidated.

The elections were preceded by a political murder. On 19 October 2010 Marek Rosiak, aide to EU MP Janusz Wojciechowski (member of PiS), was murdered in the PiS office in Lodz. …

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