Voters lined up wearing masks at the polling station, but many people avoided the crowd by relying on postal voting. Some people complained that some Poles abroad did not receive their votes in time.
Although Dada’s re-election initially seemed to be a sure choice for the ruling party, polls in recent weeks have shown that Trzaskowski has won, and it is expected that the vote will enter the second round of voting next month, which is too close.
The vote was originally scheduled for May, although the pandemic caused the Ministry of Law and Justice to continue to vote because of fears that any delay in the event of an economic crisis and how the government will deal with the country’s epidemic could damage their chances. But it was forced to delay the persistence of one of its allies.
The loss will be a major blow to law and justice. For a long time, law and justice have been entangled with Brussels in a trend that is regarded as increasingly authoritarian. European Union officials condemned the judicial reform in Poland, the treatment of minorities and the failure to maintain the rule of law.
Iwona Goge, 79, voted on Trzaskowski in Warsaw. He said: “Poland is very divided and people are discouraged.”
As the polls tightened, Duda apparently gave up anti-LGBT remarks to revitalize his base, but this remark even aroused strong opposition even in the firm Catholic Poland. Analysts pointed out that Duda also needs to win votes from the center to win.
Legal and justice figures have said they hope Duda’s visit to Washington last week will increase his chances of re-election. However, this trip did not meet the initial expectations of Poland, and did not disclose the exact details of the hoped US military transfer to Poland.
Warsaw has been lobbying the United States to increase its security presence in Poland. Since the United States announced that it will withdraw 9,500 soldiers from Germany, Warsaw officials say this is even more important.
In a speech at the Rose Garden during Duda’s visit to Washington, Trump said he believed the incumbent would be “very successful.”
The vote is expected to be held at the end of 9pm. Warsaw time. If no candidate wins more than half of the votes, the two leaders will compete in the second round on July 12.