Poland to hold presidential elections in June

18:21, April 21, 2010      

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Poland's acting President Bronislaw Komorowski has set June 20 as the date for presidential elections, almost four months ahead of the original schedule.

A second round of elections will be held on July 4 if need be, according to a decree signed by Komorowski on Wednesday.

Komorowski brought forward the elections following the death of President Lech Kaczynski in a plane crash in western Russia on April 10.

By April 26, wound-be candidates must submit their names to the National Electoral Commission after gathering the signatures of 1,000 voters and creating a campaign team of at least 15 members.

By May 6, campaign teams will have to submit names of their presidential candidates together with 100,000 signatures supporting each given candidate.

So far the only confirmed candidate in the presidential race is Komorowski, supported by the ruling Liberal Civic Platform. Komorowski, in his capacity as parliament speaker, took over presidential duties after Kaczynski's death.

Two opinion polls published by newspapers on Wednesday show that Komorowski is a runaway favorite in the presidential race.

A TNS OBOP poll conducted Monday with a sample of 1,000 people gave Komorowski 55 percent of support compared to 32 percent for Jaroslaw Kaczynski, twin brother of late President Lech Kaczynski.

A Homo Homini poll found Komorowski had 39.3 percent of support in the elections, compared to 18.2 percent for Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a former prime minister.

Source: Xinhua


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