MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A second round of presidential elections is taking place in Poland on Sunday, after both opposition candidate Andrzej Duda and acting President Bronislaw Komorowski failed to secure 50 percent of the votes needed for outright victory.
Poland's incumbent president has been a strong supporter of the European Union, particularly on the issue of Ukraine, while Duda is a mild euro-sceptic.
- Andrzej Duda, candidate of the conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party shows the victory sign during his election campaign, a day after the first round of the Polish presidential elections in Sochaczew, near Warsaw, Poland, May 11, 2015© REUTERS / Kacper Pempel
- Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski addresses his supporters after the announcement of the exit poll results of the first round of the presidential election in Warsaw on May 10, 2015© AFP 2019 / JANEK SKARZYNSKI
Komorowski, 62, was ahead of Duda in pre-election ratings released earlier this week. A Monday poll by research organization Millward Brown showed that some 47 percent of respondents were ready to vote for the acting president, who took office five years ago.
Duda, a 43-year-old candidate from the biggest opposition party in Poland, Law and Justice, was supported by 44 percent of the poll respondents.
Seven percent of the over 1,250 survey participants said they were undecided.
The first round of the presidential election in Poland saw a 49-percent voter turnout.