2020 Polish presidential election Posted by on Jun 30, 2020 in Current News

As we are getting ready for presidential election here in USA, Poland is about to choose a new president as well. The 2020 Polish presidential election was due to be held on May 10th 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The election (wybory) was initially scheduled for May, when President Duda had a commanding lead in the polls and was expected to win easily. PiS leaders wanted to push ahead with a postal vote despite the pandemic, but the vote was postponed at the last minute.

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Since then, an economic downturn linked to the pandemic (pandemia) has set in and liberal party Civic Platform replaced its largely ineffectual candidate with Trzaskowski, narrowing the race.

The election was moved to June 28th. In Sunday’s presidential election (wybory prezydenckie) Andrzej Duda won the most votes, but fell short of the 50% he needed to win without a second round of voting.

The results mean Duda and Trzaskowski will go head to head (łeb w łeb) in a second round (druga runda) on July 12th, in a vote that will determine Poland’s political future (polityczna przyszłość Polski). Polls before Sunday’s vote suggested a runoff between the two candidates would be too close to call.

Independent candidate Szymon Hołownia was in third place, while the far-right nationalist Krzysztof Bosak was in fourth.

Turnout was estimated at 63%, well up from the 49% turnout in the last presidential elections in 2015, in a sign of how the polarization (polaryzacja) of the last five years has mobilized voters on both sides of the divide. People were mostly voting in person, although they were required to wear masks at polling stations.

I’m sure people in Poland are eager to see what the next round will bring and who is going to win! Any guesses from our readers???

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.


  1. G. Sroka:

    I believe Duda will win. Trzaskowski is basically the anti-Duda vote, a weak platform.

  2. Dan:

    I really hope Duda loses. His party, the Law and Justice party, is turning Poland into an authoritarian state. I hope it doesn’t remain in power for much longer. I love Poland, but I will not visit the country again as long as the Law and Justice party is in power.

  3. Mark Kowalsky:

    Dzien Dobre Kasia, thank you 🙏 so much for the timely information concerning what is going on concerning Polish elections. Yep knew they were taking place this year but wasn’t aware of the voting days(s). Have to say Mam Nadzieje that the law & justice Party gets voted out. They seem to be too conservative/Facist like for me.

    BTW, regarding 🍄 they are fantastic in Pierogies. Where I live, while we are expressly permitted to pick them in Forest Preserves & Parks, we are not restricted either. Good hunting. Dowiedzenia.