Nov 16, 2014 10:49 AM

Poland votes in local elections

The Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) Local elections were held in Poland on Sunday, a vote considered to be a test for the main parties before national ballots next year.

Around 30 million eligible voters were choosing nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders, but observers were concerned about the possibility of a low turnout.

By midday, turnout was 14.58 percent, the State Electoral Commission said.

Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.

In power since 2007, the Civic Platform is led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. She took over from Donald Tusk in September, when Tusk stepped down to take the job of European Commission president starting Dec. 1.


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