Law and Justice party seeing ‘double rebuke’ from voters

Poland’s Law and Justice party is slated to lose power as exit polling indicates opposition parties won enough votes in Sunday’s parliamentary election to oust it.

Bryn Rosenfeld, assistant professor of government in the College of Arts & Sciences, says that despite attempts to bolster supporter turnout, the Law and Justice party appears to have both lost its parliamentary majority, and low turnout for their referendum invalidated it.

"PiS tried to buoy turnout among its supporters by simultaneously holding a referendum on issues friendly to a nationalist conservative party on election day. Instead, if the exit polling is right, it got a double rebuke from voters. It lost its majority on high turnout and low turnout invalidated its referendum," said Rosenfeld.

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