İrem UZUN -TDO-Poland’s ruling rightwing Law and Justice Party (PiS) has scored a convincing victory in parliamentary elections, with almost complete results indicating a parliamentary majority and another four-year term in office. PiS can also expect a comfortable majority in the Senate, where 100 senators are elected in a first-past-the-post system, partial data from the country’s electoral commission (PKW) shows.
Poland's biggest opposition grouping, Civic Coalition (KO), came second with 26.7 percent support, followed by the leftist alliance, the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), with 12.3 percent, according to official results published by the PKW. The bloc of agrarian PSL and anti-system Kukiz'15 was at 8.8 percent, while the far-right Confederation Freedom and Independence got 6.8 percent, based on the partial official results.
"We have victory," jubilant PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski told supporters at party headquarters in Warsaw late on Sunday. "We have four years of hard work ahead. Poland must change more and it must change for the better." PiS has been at loggerheads with the EU over reforms to Poland's judiciary and has also been criticized over its position on gay rights. During its first term in office, the party put in place generous welfare programmes, boosting its support among poorer voters. Measures included a popular child allowance, tax breaks for low-income earners and increases to pensions and the minimum wage.