Presidential elections began on Sunday at 07.00 local times throughout Poland. Voting is held at more than 27 thousand polling stations, which will be open until 21.00.
About 30 million poles have the right to vote, of which 520,000 are abroad. They must put an “X” sign next to the name of one of the two candidates — the current Polish leader Andrzej Duda or the mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski. Preliminary results of voting based on exit polls will be known immediately after the closing of polling stations. The state election Commission will present the official results within 48 hours.
Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, voting is carried out on a mixed basis — in a traditional way with the organization of polling stations and by mail for quarantined persons and everyone who wishes to apply. Almost 674 thousand people who received special packages for voting in advance decided to take advantage of the opportunity to express their will remotely. The majority of those who are abroad have used the services of the post office.
There are enhanced sanitary measures in place at the sites. The distance between members of election commissions registering citizens must be at least 1.5 m. More than 200 thousand of their employees are provided with protective masks and gloves. Each person must have at least 4 square meters of free space.
All citizens who are on the premises of the police station must cover their mouth and nose with a mask or handkerchief. At the time of checking documents, the mask can be removed for just a second. Hand sanitizers are installed at the entrances. The election Commission asks people to bring their pens, as well as a bottle of water in case of a long wait for the opportunity to vote.
The Polish Ministry of health took into account the experience of the first round of elections when huge queues formed in front of polling stations due to increased sanitary measures. The Agency adopted a decree according to which people with disabilities, older people, pregnant women, and women with young children should be taken in the first place.