The Law and Justice (PiS) party finished on top in Sunday’s parliamentary election in Poland. According to exit polls, the Party acquired 43.6% of the votes.
On the contrary, the main opposition Party Coalition took 27.4%, exit polls showed.
With even fewer votes were the left-wing Party, with 11.9%, the conservative Polish Coalition, with 9.6%, and the right-wing Confederation party with 6.4%.
According to a preliminary seat distribution in the House of Parliament, PiS would take 239 seats, enough for an absolute majority.
“Undermined the independence of the judiaciary”
Opposition parties and Poland’s EU partners say PiS has undermined the independence of the judiciary and used public media to promote its agenda.
The Party has cast the election as a choice between a society rooted in traditional Catholic values and a liberal order that promotes a chosen few and undermines family life.
PiS has drawn support from poorer Poles who feel they have missed out on prosperity since the collapse of communism in 1989. The party has mixed nationalist rhetoric with a vast welfare programme financed by an economic boom.
The Electoral Committee will start publishing partial results on Monday.