PO presidential candidate inaugurates “Civic headquarters” in Warsaw

Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska inaugurated the work of the Citizens' headquarters - Volunteer Centre in Warsaw. This is a place where supporters of the PO presidential candidate can meet and engage with her electoral staff. "It will be the heart of this campaign" - said Kidawa-Błońska.

"I would like to ask everyone that cares about Poland to engage in the campaign. Really, we are waiting for you everywhere. Here is the heart of the campaign, but we are waiting all over Poland. Meet us, let us know that you want to work with us. Together we can really change everything,"- emphasized the PO candidate, inaugurating the activities of the "Civic Headquarters".

The chief of Kidawa-Błońska’s campaign Bartosz Arłukowicz said that it has “the biggest civic staff of the presidential campaign”.

Kosiniak-Kamysz’s conference

Presidential candidate Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, the leader of the agrarian Polish People's Party (PSL), vowed at an expert debate on Saturday that he will make every effort to implement "true healthcare reform" with the help of patients and doctors.

Kosiniak-Kamysz, a medical doctor himself, held a debate at the National Stadium in Warsaw as part of his presidential campaign.

"After these five years (of presidency) I want to tell all Polish families that I have made every effort to change the healthcare system together with patients, doctors and scientists," the PSL leader said.

He said a comprehensive "Pact for Health" will be one of his first initiatives if he is elected president.

His other programme ideas included securing Poland's place in a group of six EU member states that would set EU policy after the United Kingdom has left the bloc.

Hołownia’s crowdfounding results

Szymon Hołownia, an independent candidate in Poland's upcoming presidential elections, has received over half a million PLN (EUR 116,000) in crowdfunding since he launched his funding appeal on Tuesday, his electoral commissioner announced.

Electoral Commissioner Michal Kobosko told the Polish Press Agency that the sum is in line with the electoral staff's expectations. Holownia intends to fund his electoral campaign entirely from crowdfunding donations.

Mr. Kobosko added that he was very satisfied with the collection. "Thousands of people have responded to our request, paying various amounts - from a few zlotys upwards; on the first day of the collection the average payment was PLN 60 (EUR 13.9)," he said.

Poland will hold the presidential election on Sunday, May 10, and if no candidate gets at least 50 percent of the vote, a second round will be held two weeks later. The incumbent president, Andrzej Duda, enjoys a clear lead in public opinion polls.