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2006 local elections were held in Poland on November 12 and November 26, 2006. In the first round there were elected 39,944 municipal (gmina) councillors, 6284 county (powiat) councillors and 561 voivodeship councillors. Additionally, 2460 city and town mayors and borough leaders were chosen in direct, two-round elections.





November 12 November 26
voting districts 33,362 11,385
electors 29,877,983 14,643,543
ballots 13,742,032 5,812,667
turnout 45.99% 39.69%


electoral committee mayors  % of mayors
local committees 2,014 81.87%
Polish People's Party 253 10.28%
Law and Justice 77 3.13%
Civic Platform 46 1.87%
Left and Democrats 42 1.71%
Self-Defense 25 1.02%
League of Polish Families 3 0.12%
National Party of Pensioners 0 0.00%
Total 2,460 100.00%
Source: Wykaz wybranych w√≥jt√≥w, burmistrz√≥w i prezydent√≥w miast. GŇāosowanie w dniu 12 listopada 2006 r. oraz 26 listopada 2006 r., Polish Electoral Commission

Voivodship councils

electoral committee votes  % of votes seats  % of seats
Civic Platform 3,643,091 27.18% 186 33.16%
Law and Justice 3,361,616 25.08% 170 30.30%
Left and Democrats 1,910,009 14.25% 66 11.76%
Polish People's Party 1,774,633 13.24% 83 14.80%
Self-Defense 755,329 5.64% 37 6.60%
League of Polish Families 635,329 4.74% 11 1.96%
regional committees 8 1.43%
Total 561 100.00%
Source: Najwińôcej radnych w skali kraju ma PSL,

County councils

electoral committee seats  % of seats
local committees 2,647 42.12%
Law and Justice 1,242 19.76%
Polish People's Party 867 13.80%
Civic Platform 779 12.40%
Left and Democrats 468 7.45%
Self-Defense 212 3.37%
League of Polish Families 67 1.07%
National Party of Pensioners 2 0.03%
Total 6,284 100.00%
Source: Najwińôcej radnych w skali kraju ma PSL,

Municipal councils

Obejmuje dane na temat radnych gmin, radnych miast na prawach powiatu oraz radnych dzielnic Warszawy
electoral committee seats  % of seats
local committees 28,726 71.92%
Polish People's Party 3,890 9.74%
Law and Justice 3,079 7.71%
Civic Platform 1,784 4.47%
Left and Democrats 1357 3.40%
Self-Defense 867 2.17%
League of Polish Families 236 0.59%
National Party of Pensioners 5 0.01%
Total 39,944 100.00%
Source: Najwińôcej radnych w skali kraju ma PSL,

Problems after elections

A law enacted in 2005 obliged the mayors of Polish municipalities to publicly disclose their own as well as their spouse's financial circumstances. The law requires the successful candidate's disclosure statement to be provided within 30 days after the inauguration, whereas the statement regarding the candidate's spouse is to be submitted within 30 days after the actual election. The law became subject of controversy. Some of elected ones resigned while the others refused. The most known person who didn't resign was newly elected president (=mayor) of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz. She submitted her own and her husband's statements on January 2nd, 2007, exactly 30 days after her inauguration. On January 20th, the newspaper Dziennik reported that Mr. Waltz's documents had been two days past the deadline, which in his case had been on December 28th, 2006. Based on this, prime minister JarosŇāaw KaczyŇĄski of the governing Law and Justice party maintained that Gronkiewicz-Waltz's mandate had expired on December 28th, 2006, and announced to repeat the local elections. Gronkiewicz-Waltz's party argued that the prime minister does not have the authority to make this decision, and that the case would need to be examined in court instead. Polish legal experts maintained that by submitting their statements on the same day, Gronkiewicz-Waltz had observed the spirit, even if not the letter of the law. Also, having two different deadlines for the statements could be considered as an unconstitutional legal trap. In the meantime, Platforma Obywatelska announced that it would nominate Gronkiewicz-Waltz again, should the elections need to be repeated. On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal ruled against the governing Law and Justice (PiS) party and struck down the controversial law that threatened her and many other public officials. However, those who had already resigned, weren't given their posts back.

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