Poland’s president sets October 13 election date

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Polish President Andrzej Duda. Poland’s parties have been bracing for the start of the campaign, and many have already announced their programs and published lists of candidates | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Duda wants a quick election campaign, and the ruling Law and Justice party is poised to win.

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Poland’s President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday officially announced October 13 as the date of the next parliamentary election — a decision that formally starts the electoral campaign.

“I’m not going to hide that I would like this campaign to be as short as possible,” Duda, who is backed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said in an interview with Polsat television. “I think that the Polish people, the voters, and in general everyone expects to have as much calm time as possible.”

Poland’s parties have been bracing for the start of the campaign, and many have already announced their programs and published lists of candidates.

According to recent polls, PiS is far ahead of its rivals.

A survey carried out by IBRIS and published on July 30 shows that the party would get 41.7 percent of the vote, while the centrist Civic Coalition would get 25 percent, and the newly formed United Left — a coalition of left-wing parties — would take 10.2 percent. The only other grouping above the 5 percent threshold needed to win seats would be the populist Kukiz’15 party, with 5.3 percent.

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