Czechia Forces A Political Collision Into Overtime
14 October 2021
Since 2015, the Polish governing party Law and Justice (PiS) has been trying to rewrite the rules to tilt the playing field to its advantage. This is accurately mirrored in the current presidential election, where the liberal mayor of Warsaw does not have anything approaching equal opportunities in the race with the incumbent president, supported by the regime.
It is way too close to call the second round of the Polish presidential election on Sunday because only a few hundred thousand votes could decide the outcome. Opinion polls have been measuring incumbent President Andrzej Duda and his challenger, Rafał Trzaskowski neck and neck for weeks.
While Duda has been slightly ahead before, Trzaskowski just took the lead according to a poll conducted by IBRIS: the candidate of the party Civic Platform (PO) is currently at 47 per cent while Duda is polling at 46 per cent.
Warsaw’s liberal mayor is facing a twofold challenge. He has to mobilise a diverse opposition camp that reflects a broad ideological spectrum beyond his own constituencies.