Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) has won the legislative elections on Sunday with 45.2 percent of the vote, guaranteeing the nationalist party an absolute majority in the lower house, according to official data of the Electoral Commission.
The main opposition party, Civic Platform, which brings together liberal and centrist parties, came in second position with 26.1 percent of the vote.
The victory of the PiS will raise concerns about respect for democratic standards in a country in which the government has been criticised for politicising the judicial system, controlling the public media and attacking LGBT rights.
“We have saved Poland. It is time to complete the de-communisation. It is time to put an end to the LGTB dictation!”, said Polish Vice Minister of Digitalization Adam Andruszkiewicz, in a message posted on his Twitter account.
The progressive alliance The Left garnered 12.1 percent of the vote, while the PSL agrarian bloc and the Kukiz 15 anti-system movement won 8.8 percent.
The ultra-right-wing Confederation party has managed to exceed the threshold and will have parliamentary representation, after taking 6.7 percent of the vote, according to the partial results released so far.
According to Reuters estimates, the PiS will get 238 of the 460 seats that make up the Sejm, the Lower House of the Polish Parliament, although the distribution will also depend on the results obtained by the other parties.
For years, the European commission has sparred with Warsaw over PiS’s attempts to assert direct control over the Polish judiciary, with several cases referred to the European court of justice.
In 2017 the European Commission launched an Article 7 procedure against Poland, a legal process that could result in Warsaw losing its voting rights in the European Council due to its judicial system reforms.