Law and Justice candidate Andrzej Duda has won the second round of the presidential election in Poland, gaining 53 percent, according to an exit poll released by Ipsos at 10.30pm.
Bronisław Komorowski won 47 percent of the vote. According to the Ipsos exit poll, turnout stood at 56.1 percent, seven percent more than in the first round of the ballot.
The release of the result was delayed due to a death at a polling station near Cieszyn in southern Poland, meaning it had to be closed for 90 minutes. Andrzej Duda managed to claim victory after winning the first round of the presidential ballot by 0.99 percent on 10 May and launching a campaign offensive in the two-week run-up to Sunday’s decisive vote.
If the results are confirmed by the PKW State Electoral Commission, Duda will become Poland’s sixth president since the fall of communism, following on from rival Bronisław Komorowski’s five years in power.
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