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Poland European Parliament election, 2009
50 seats to the European Parliament
7 June 2009
Poland is divided into 13 electoral districts whose numbers are displayed on the picture

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Poland was the election of the delegation from Poland to the European Parliament in 2009 which took place on 7 June 2009.[1] On 13 February the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) accepted a proposal for an amendment to the electoral court act to allow voting for the European Parliament election of 2009 to take place over 2 days i.e. the 6 and 7 June 2009. However on 5 March, the proposal was referred to the Constitutional Tribunal of the Republic of Poland by the Polish President, Lech Kaczyński.[2]

The Polish electorate elected 50 MEPs.[1] In the 27 EU Member States, at total of 736 MEPs were elected from 4-7 June 2009.[1]

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Outcome

As anticipated, the Civic Platform (PO) won a significant victory, winning more than 44% of the vote and gaining half of the total seats. PO's vote was higher than their 41.5% achieved at the Polish parliamentary election, 2007, and to date was the highest vote achieved by a Polish political party to either the Sejm (national legislature) or the European Parliament. Law and Justice (PiS), came second (27.4%), having more than doubled their vote and seats won as compared to the 2004 EU election, but their vote fell, in comparison to the national elections of 2007. PO polled strongest in the western half of Poland, whilst PiS polled best in the eastern half, particularly the south-east.

The largest grouping on the left, the Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union (SLD-UP) came in at a distant third with 12.3% of the vote and seven seats. At one time, the biggest party in Poland, the Democratic Left Alliance's vote was fairly static over the past five years, and they have been unable to challenge the dominance of PO and PiS, since 2005. The Polish People's Party (PSL) came forth with 7% of the vote, and won three seats. The remaining parties failed to reach the 5% threshold required to win seats.

The election result demonstrated a stability in voting patterns in the country. Previously, especially prior to 2005, the political environment in Poland was rather unpredictable, with big swings away from established parties, towards alternative parties, and ongoing splits and mergers of key parties. In 2009, however, the voting pattern did not vary too substantially from the 2007 elections, with the large parties consolidating their positions, and smaller parties failing to make a breakthrough.

Results

e • d  Summary of the 7 June 2009 European Parliament election results in Poland
Parties and coalitions European party Votes % Change Seats Change
Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) EPP 3,271,852 44.43 +20.33 25 +10
Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) AEN
ECR group
2,017,607 27.40 +14.73 15 +8
Coalition Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union (Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej - Unia Pracy) PES 908,765 12.34 +2.99 7 +2
Polish People's Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe) EPP 516,146 7.01 +0.67 3 -1
Coalition Agreement for the Future - CenterLeft (Porozumienie dla Przyszłości, CentroLewica) PES, ALDE 179,602 2.44 - 0 -
Right of the Republic (Prawica Rzeczypospolitej) ID 143,966 1.95 - 0 -
Self-Defense of the Republic of Poland (Samoobrona RP) UEN 107,185 1.46 -9.32 0 -6
Libertas Poland (Libertas Polska) Libertas.eu 83,754 1.14 - 0 -
Real Politics Union (Unia Polityki Realnej) none 81,146 1.10 -0.77 0 ±0
Polish Labour Party (Polska Partia Pracy) EACL 51,872 0.70 -0.16 0 ±0
Others 2,868 0.04 - 0 ±0
Total 7,364,763 100,00% - 50 -4
Turnout: 24.53%
Source: http://pe2009.pkw.gov.pl/PUE/PL/WYN/W/index.htm

Notes: Agreement for the Future - CenterLeft - coalition of Democratic Party – demokraci.pl, Social Democracy of Poland and Greens 2004

e • d  Summary of the 7 June 2009 European Parliament elections
European party Seats 2004 Seats 2009 Change
EPP logo.svg European People's Party (EPP) 19 28 +9
UEN logo.PNG Union for Europe of the Nations (UEN) 13 15 +2
PES logo.svg Party of European Socialists (PES) 8 7 -1
Libertas-eu Logo.png Libertas.eu (Libertas) - 0 -
IND-DEM logo.PNG Independence/Democracy (ID) 10 0 -10
ALDE logo.svgAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) 4 0 -4
54 50 -4
Source: http://pe2009.pkw.gov.pl/PUE/PL/WYN/W/index.htm

Contesting parties

Only eight single party committees and two coalition committees contested all 13 electoral districts. The draw was made in National Electoral Commission (Państwowa Komisja Wyborcza, PKW) Headquarters on 6 May 2009 at 10:00 CET.[3][4] These were:

No Committee
1 Real Politics Union (Unia Polityki Realnej, UPR)
2 Polish People's Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe, PSL)
3 Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland (Samoobrona RP, SoRP)
4 Polish Labour Party (Polska Partia Pracy, PPP)
5 Libertas Poland (Libertas Polska)
6 Coalition Democratic Left Alliance-Labor Union (Sojusz Lewicy Demokratycznej - Unia Pracy, SLD-UP)
7 Coalition Agreement for the Future - CenterLeft (Porozumienie dla Przyszłości, CentroLewica, PdP)
8 Right of the Republic (Prawica Rzeczypospolitej, PRP)
9 Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska, PO)
10 Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS)

Notes: SLD-UP - coalition of Democratic Left Alliance and Labour Union
CenterLeft - coalition of Democratic Party – demokraci.pl, Social Democracy of Poland and Greens 2004

One single party committee, one coalition committee and one committee of 'grouped independents' managed to register in at least one district:

No Committee Constituency
11 Polish Socialist Party (Polska Partia Socjalistyczna, PPS) Olsztyn ( Podlaskie and Warmian-Masurian)
12 Coalition Forward Poland - Piast (Naprzód Polsko - Piast, NP-Piast) Katowice (Silesian)
11 Independents I Love Poland (Kocham Polskę) Katowice (Silesian)

Note: NP-Piast - coalition of Forward Poland and Polish People's Party "Piast"

Leaders by Constituency

Constituency PO PiS SLD-UP PSL PdP Libertas Cite
Pomeranian Janusz Lewandowski Hanna Foltyn-Kubicka Longin Pastusiak Wojciech Przybylski Dariusz Szwed Tomasz Sommer [1]
Kuyavian-Pomeranian Tadeusz Zwiefka Richard Czarnecki Janusz Zemke Eugeniusz Kłopotek Henryk Kierzkowski Ryszard Kozłowski [2]
Podlaskie and Warmian-Masurian Krzysztof Lisek Jacek Kurski Tadeusz Iwiński Stanisław Żelichowski Marian Szamatowicz Ryszard Bender [3]
Warsaw Danuta Hübner Michał Kamiński Wojciech Olejniczak Janusz Piechociński Dariusz Rosati Artur Zawisza [4]
Masovian Jacek Kozłowski Adam Bielan Marek Wikiński Jarosław Kalinowski Marek Czarnecki Dariusz Grabowski [5]
Łódź Jacek Saryusz-Wolski Urszula Krupa Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz Adam Fronczak Magdalena Środa Bolesław Borysiuk [6]
Greater Poland Filip Kaczmarek Konrad Szymański Marek Siwiec Andrzej Grzyb Sylwia Pusz Anna Sobecka [7]
Lublin Lena Kolarska - Bobińska Mirosław Piotrowski Jacek Czerniak Edward Wojtas Marek Borowski Zdzisław Podkański [8]
Subcarpathian Marian Krzaklewski Tomasz Poręba Marta Niewczas Mieczysław Janowski Krzysztof Martens Daniel Pawłowiec [9]
Lesser Poland and Świętokrzyskie Róża Gräfin Von Thun Und Hohenstein Zbigniew Ziobro Andrzej Szejna Czesław Siekierski Janusz Onyszkiewicz Wojciech Wierzejski [10]
Silesian Jerzy Buzek Marek Migalski Jerzy Markowski Janusz Moszyński Genowefa Grabowska Piotr Ślusarczyk [11]
Lower Silesian and Opole Jacek Protasiewicz Ryszard Legutko Lidia Geringer De Oedenberg Stanisław Rakoczy Józef Pinior Janusz Dobrosz [12]
Lubusz and West Pomeranian Sławomir Nitras Marek Gróbarczyk Bogusław Liberadzki Juliusz Engelhardt Radosław Popiela Krzysztof Zaremba [13]

Opinion polls

Source Date PO PiS SLD-UP PSL PdP Undecided
CBOS March 2009 40% 17% 10% 5% 1% 21%
TNS OBOP 2-5 April 2009 54% 21% 7% 6% - 28%
PBS 3-5 April 2009 49% 22% 13% 6% 3% -
GFK 24-26 April 2009 47% 26% 12% 6% - -
Gemius 5 May 2009 40% 16% 11% 3% 2% -
TNS OBOP 6-7 May 2009 47% 22% 12% 8% 2% -
Homo Homini 7 May 2009 48,9% 22,4% 12,2% 4,6% 1,3% 8%
TNS OBOP 15 May 2009 48% 25% 8% 5% 5%
Gemius 19 May 2009 39% 20% 7% 6% 4% -
Homo Homini 26 May 2009 45% 25% 11% 7% 3% -
GFK 3-4 June 2009 51% 24% 15% 6% - -
SMG/KRC 5 June 2009 54% 25% 9% 7% - -

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