İrem UZUN -TDO- The incumbent Andrzej Duda, backed by the ruling nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party won the most votes in Sunday’s Polish presidential election, but fell short of the 50% he needed to win without a second round of voting. Duda will face centrist rival Rafał Trzaskowski in a run-off vote next month.

The election was initially scheduled for May, when Duda had a commanding lead in the polls and was expected to win easily. PiS leaders wanted to push ahead with a postal vote despite the pandemic, but the vote was postponed at the last minute. As Politico reports, Sunday's election recorded the highest level of turnout in the history of Poland's presidential contests, with 62.9 percent of eligible voters taking part.

Duda, allied with Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, had received 43.7% of the vote with 99.78% of ballots counted and the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, was in second place on 30.3%. Independent candidate Szymon Hołownia was in third place, while the far-right nationalist Krzysztof Bosak was in fourth.The results mean Duda and Trzaskowski will go head to head in a second round a fortnight from now, on 12 July, in a vote that will determine Poland’s political future. Polls before Sunday’s vote suggested a runoff between the two candidates would be too close to call.

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