The Polish government intends to hold a presidential election in May, despite a growing chorus of voices saying that doing so amid a pandemic would be unfair, undemocratic and potentially dangerous. Based on current polling, current president Andrzej Duda, an ally of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, would be likely to gain more than 50% of the vote and thus win a second term in office without requiring a second round of voting. Incumbent politicians around the globe are receiving a boost in the polls during the uncertainty of coronavirus, as people seek stability to see them through the crisis. Critics say the Polish government wants to capitalise on this rather than have a riskier election later on, when the public health and economic fallout from coronavirus could offer a very different backdrop. Poland currently has 2,420 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 36 deaths. The country implemented some of the earliest lockdown measures in Europe, closing its airports and land borders more than two weeks ago, and the government hopes these strict measures could help avoid the exponential growth phase of the epidemic seen in western Europe. However, even as the lockdown measures have become progressively stricter in… Read full this story
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