Polish elections – early results

At the start I must state that although the UK system of first past the post has its disadvantages it at least you know whom (as a person) you are voting for. Having voted yesterday in the Polish elections I must say I am totally confused.

One was faced with 12 typewritten pages of candidates with no way of knowing who they are, what they personally (as opposed to their parties line) actually think nor what chance they have of gaining a seat in Parliament. So very little to go on in order to indulge in tactical voting. That is voting for the person who is most likely to defeat the candidate/ party you absolutely do NOT want in power. Or voting for the person who will best represent local interests at the national level. Without divulging which party list I actually voted for, being a firm champion of the underdog, I voted for the last listed candidate of my chosen party. Also because he was the ONLY candiadate amongst the more than 300!! I could have voted for who bothered to send an electoral statement and whom I know lives locally.

Anyway the exit polls suggest that PiS will have a small overall majority. So they can’t change the Constitution but will most probably enforce their view of the World and Poland’s place in it. Given that some 50% bothered to vote and the latest exit shows PiS at some 38% of those who voted we have the situation where less than 20% of the population will have decided which way the country should go. With Europe and the European project at a turning point and close to cricis a major European nation will be represented by a small minority of views.

Anyway just to highlight the absurd election system each 1% of the vote cast for a particular party will have given a completely different number of seats dependant upon the party:

PiS 6.03 MP’s

PO 5.77 MP’s

Kukiz 4.72 MP’s

Petru 3.77 MP’s

PSL 3.27 MP’s

And this is called proportional representation. I don’t think so. And your vote has very little chance of electing the one individual you would want to represent you, the order on the list having been decided by a committee at the relevant party head office!

posted by AWK

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