Record number of Poles voted abroad: deputy FM

“We have a record turnout abroad in the Polish presidential elections. I think it will be similar in the second round,” Paweł Jabłoński, a deputy Foreign Minister told Polish public radio.

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More than 311,000 Poles abroad voted in the first round of the presidential elections, including 310,870 valid ballots. The turnout abroad was 83.14 percent.

“I think during the second round the situation will be similar. Again, we will break the record. We have reports that there are more than 500,000 voters registered abroad,” Mr Jabłoński added.

He also said that not everything went smooth and there were some situations where somebody did not receive the ballot card. “Such massive scale and local mail operators unfortunately cause that sometimes it happens. We recommend submitting electoral protests, we will know how many such cases occurred. As far as we know, it was not often and did not influence the results of the elections,” the deputy minister said.

On Monday evening, the website of the Polish Foreign Ministry allowing registration for the voting was overcrowded and went down.

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First round results

The incumbent President Andrzej Duda received 43.5 percent of votes, while Rafał Trzaskowski, the Mayor of Warsaw – 30.46 percent in the first round of the presidential elections in Poland. The third place was for independent candidate Szymon Hołownia, who received 13.87 percent of votes, while Krzysztof Bosak representing right-wing Confederation – 6.78 percent. Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz, the leader of the Polish People’s Party finished fifth with 2.36 percent of support.

The results among Poles abroad were different. Rafał Trzaskowski was supported by 48.13 percent of voters (149,735 votes), Andrzej Duda received 20.86 percent of votes (64,904), Szymon Hołownia – 15.68 percent (48,775) and Krzysztof Bosak – 8.78 percent (27,316). The fifth place abroad was for Robert Biedroń, who was chosen by 4.60 percent of voters (14,316).

The second round of the elections is scheduled for July 12. The voters will choose between Andrzej Duda or Rafał Trzaskowski for the President of Poland.

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