Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaks during a press conference at the Law and Justice (PiS) ruling party headquarters in Warsaw, Poland, 10 October 2023. EFE-EPA/Tomasz Gzell POLAND OUT/FILE

Early results in Poland election show incumbent party has large lead

Krakow, Poland, Oct 16 (EFE).- The first official data of elections in Poland, with just over 15 percent counted, grant on Monday 41.1 percent of the votes to the ultra-conservative Law and Justice party, a lead much greater than exit polls showed over the weekend.

In second place, the Civic Platform of liberal opposition leader Donald Tusk collected 25.4 percent of the votes, while the center Third Way coalition had 13.8 percent of the support.

Leader of main opposition party Civic Platform (PO) Donald Tusk speaks during the Civic Platform party meeting with local residents in Katowice, Poland, 12 October 2023. EFE-EPA/ZBIGNIEW MEISSNER POLAND OUT/FILE

The left and the Confederation ultranationalists are currently assigned 8 percent and 7.5 percent of votes, respectively.

These results differ significantly from the exit poll released at the close of election day, which unleashed euphoria among the opposition at the possibility of forming a multiparty alliance to oust Law and Justice, which has governed since 2015, from power.

The final results will not be known until Monday night or Tuesday morning, and ballots of hundreds of thousands of expatriated Poles will take longer to be counted.

One of the right-wing Confederation party leaders Slawomir Mentzen poses for a selfie during the Confederation party meeting to locals in Szczecin, Poland, 12 October 2023. EFE-EPA/Jerzy Muszynski POLAND OUT/FILE

On the other hand, the Electoral Commission usually has earlier access to the results sent from the big cities, where the opposition traditionally has more support, and the votes from rural areas, where the Government has its main fiefdom, will be counted late in the afternoon. EFE