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Polls Close in Poland Local Elections


Polls have closed in Poland, where more than 30 million people were eligible to vote for mayors, governors and town council members across the country.

The National Electoral Commission says turnout appeared to be much lower than expected, with around 34 percent of eligible voters casting ballots by late afternoon. In recent years, local elections in Poland have seen turnouts between 40 and 50 percent.

Sunday's elections were seen as a key test of the country's 14-month-old conservative coalition government.

The elections pit candidates from the ruling coalition, led by Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski's Law and Justice Party, against hopefuls of the liberal Civic Platform and its allies.

Official results are expected Monday. Runoff elections are scheduled for Sunday, November 26 for races where no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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