Polish PM's party close to election win
Published 10/10/2011 | 05:00
An exit poll shows that the centrist Civic Platform party of Prime Minister Donald Tusk is winning Poland's national election with 39.6pc of the votes.
The poll shows opponent Jaroslaw Kaczynski's conservative Law and Justice party in second place with 30.1pc of votes in elections to the parliament.
A new left-wing party, Palikot's Movement, is in third place with 10.1pc of the votes.
This party has been the surprise of the election season, rising in a short time to double-digit support on promises to fight the power of the Roman Catholic Church in society and other socially liberal causes.
Official results are not expected until today.
If Civic Platform's victory is confirmed by the official results, it will be the first time a party has won two consecutive terms of office in Poland following the collapse of Communism 22 years ago.
With Mr Tusk's party appearing to fall short of an outright majority in parliament, it will need to seek a coalition partner.
Mr Tusk did not claim victory last night, saying he was still waiting for confirmation from official results.