Far-right Polish president Andrzej Duda has won a commanding lead in the first round of the presidential election, according to exit polls released by state broadcaster TVP.
The poll put the president from the Law and Justice Party on 41.8 percent of the vote, with Rafał Trazskoski from the centrist Civic Platform on 30.4 percent.
TV personality, journalist and independent candidate Symon Hołownia placed third with 13.3 percent of the vote. The far-right National Movement candidate, Kryzsztof Bosak won 7.4 percent, with centre-left Spring candidate Robert Biedron and the Christian-democrat Polish People’s Party candidate Władysław Kosiniak-Kamysz placing fifth and sixth respectively.
The top two placing candidates will now go head-to-head in a presidential run-off election in two weeks time. Polls for the second round between Duda and Trzaskowski suggest a very close race, with an average of this week’s opinion polls indicating a slight lead for the Civic Platform candidate over the incumbent.
Turnout for today’s election was 62.9 percent, the highest recorded since 1995.