Poles headed to the ballots on Sunday but the results were inconclusive. After approximately 94 percent of votes were counted, Poland’s Election Commission stated Bronislaw Komorowski garnered 41.2 percent of votes and the runner up Jaroslaw Kaczynski 36.7 percent.
However, because none of the candidates received more than half of the votes, a second round of voting will tak place on July 4th.
This time only the two top candidates will appear on the ballot.
The turnout for the elections saw 53% of Poles voting. That’s seems pretty low but perhaps it’s indicative of a growing trend among voters from all over to stay away from politics. Right or wrong, the attitude seems to be: ‘what’s the point in voting when politicians don’t listen to us anyway.’
Here in Canada, Polish-Canadians cast their ballots a day earlier. One of those voting was Michael Burzynski who in 2009 was one of 16 Polish-Canadians representing Canada in the first edition of the School for Polish Leaders Abroad (Szkoła Liderów Polonijnych)
Here’s what he had to say:
When voting today at the Polish Consulate in Toronto I remember being a little nervous, because I didn’t want to make a mistake seeing it was my first time taking part in the Presidential vote. The line wasn’t long and people were very excited to vote. The candidate that I voted for got me energized to go out and vote (I am a party member of PiS living outside of Poland). I felt that my ballot would make a difference. It was my right to vote as a Polish citizen and I based my decision solely on what I consider to be the best interests of Poland and it’s people. I was not swayed by emotions. It made me feel like a responsible adult and that I was doing the right thing when I left.