Poland votes, as Duda seeks second term

Poles began voting in a presidential election Sunday that had originally been scheduled for May but was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

President Andrzej Duda is running against 10 other candidates as he seeks a second 5-year term.

Duda, 48, who is backed by the ruling Law and Justice party, has run a campaign that focused on defending traditional values in the mostly Catholic nation while promising to raise living standards on a par with those in the West. He took a position against same-sex marriage and adoption and denounced the LGBT rights movement as a dangerous “ideology".

His strongest challenge comes from the Warsaw mayor, Rafal Trzaskowski, also 48, who is backed by the centrist Civic Platform party.

Most recent polls showed that no single candidate was likely to reach the 50% required to avoid a runoff. In that case, the two top vote-getters will face each other July 12th.

Polling stations remain open until 9pm, and exit polls will be announced immediately after. The final official results are expected by Wednesday at the latest.

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