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Poland to observe “day of silence” before parliamentary elections

October 08, 2011, 4:24 UTC+3
The moratorium on all forms of campaigning will continue until the polling stations close at 23:00 Moscow time on Sunday
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WARSAW, October 8 (Itar-Tass) —— Poland one day before the parliamentary elections will observe a "day of silence." The moratorium on all forms of campaigning, conducting opinion polls, publishing ratings of candidates and discussing their programs will continue until the polling stations close at 23:00 Moscow time on Sunday.

On October 9 seven political parties and 7,035 candidates will be competing for seats in the lower house of the Polish parliament. A total of 103 election committees have been registered for the elections to the upper house - the Senate. According to sociological surveys, taking part in the voting will be about half of the Poles - more than 15 million people.

On Friday evening, President Bronislaw Komorowski urged all citizens to come to the polls.

"Maybe the outcome of Sunday's elections will determine whether Poland will be able to defend the current economic growth," he said. "The level of our development depends largely on the effectiveness of the European policy, the skilful use of EU funds. Today, when the world is facing the threat of a crisis, a policy of bold decision-making, but also a sensible one, is the imperative of the time and a matter of responsibility for the country," said the head of state.

The main favorites of the upcoming political race are the ruling party Civic Platform, headed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, and the oppositional Law and Justice, chaired by Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Recent opinion polls have shown a slight advantage in favor of the CP.

The other competitors for the votes are the Polish People's Party, Democratic Left Alliance and the Palikot Support Movement, with which the winner of the elections may have to create a coalition. The other two parties - Poland-the Most Important Thing, and the Polish Workers' Party, according to surveys, will be struggling for clearing the five percent barrier.

To see the rules of the Polish election and the voting as such representatives from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia arrived on Friday. The delegates will meet with members of the Polish state election commission, visit polling stations in different cities, and monitor the preparations for and the elections proper and the vote counting procedure.

In the previous Polish parliamentary elections in 2007 the CP emerged the winner with 41.5 percent. Law and Justice had 32.1 percent. As it lacked an absolute majority in parliament, and in view of a strong opposition the CP then had to seek a partner for a coalition and concluded such an alliance with the Polish People’s Party, led by Economics Minister Waldemar Pawlak.

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