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No sensations in Poznań. Jaśkowiak's clear advantage

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Jacek Jaśkowiak clearly wins in the second round of the presidential elections in Poznań. After 2/3 of the voting precincts were counted, 70% of voters cast votes for the current mayor. Poznań residents.

– We have to wait for the results because I am not a fortune teller – said Jacek Jaśkowiak just after 9 p.m.

When asked if he would sleep peacefully, he replied yes. – I always sleep soundly, I have good sleep. I did my job during these nine and a half years as best as I could. Then I was active in the campaign. Now, just like in sports – waiting for the judges' verdict – he replied.

When asked about the low turnout, he said it was “higher than, for example, 2014.” It was then that Jaśkowiak won the elections for the first time and became the president of Poznań. – I have the impression that we are returning to the normality that once was. Of course, I would like more people to participate in the vote, but we cannot be guided by the unique vote that took place on October 15, he emphasized.

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Even before midnight, the results from 165 out of 256 voting precincts were known. In them, Jaśkowiak won 70.2 percent. votes, while for his opponent – Zbigniew Czerwiński from the United Right, 29.8 percent were cast. votes.

In the first round, Jaśkowiak won 82,147, or 43.74%. votes. The second best result was achieved by Czerwiński, who was supported by 38,128, or 20.30 percent. voters.

Local elections 2024. Who is Jacek Jaśkowiak?

Jacek Jaśkowiak has been active in politics since 2010. Then, as an independent candidate, supported by the My-Poznaniacy association, he ran for president of Poznań, unsuccessfully. He joined the Civic Platform three years later.

Jacek JaśkowiakTVN24

He became the mayor of Poznań in 2014, when in the second round he won against Ryszard Grobelny, who had been in office in Poznań since 1998. Four years later, Poznań residents chose him in the first round. Jaśkowiak won with 56.6 percent of the votes.

Local elections 2024. Who is Zbigniew Czerwiński?

Zbigniew Czerwiński is a graduate of history at Adam Mickiewicz University and accounting at the University of Economics in Poznań. He has been an entrepreneur since 1989. During the Polish People's Republic he was active in the opposition. First, in the years 1978–1980, he organized the Revolutionary Youth Union of the 10 November Movement at the 5th Secondary School in Poznań, then he was a member of the Founding Committee of the Independent Students' Association of the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and the chairman of the NZS Circle at the Faculty of History of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

He participated in the strike at Collegium Novum UAM in Poznań. He was the editor of the underground Solidarity press. From the end of April to August 11, 1982, he was interned.

Zbigniew CzerwińskiTVN24

In Poznań, PiS has never before entered its candidate into the second round of elections. In 2018, Tadeusz Zysk took second place, winning 21.31%. votes, but Jaśkowiak won in the first round. In 2014, Tadeusz Dziuba was close to this goal, but he narrowly lost the fight for the second round with Jaśkowiak. The PO candidate defeated the then mayor of Poznań, Ryszard Grobelny, in the second round. Previously, the rivals against Grobelny were lost in 2010 by Grzegorz Ganowicz (PO), in 2006 by Maria Pasło-Wiśniewska (PO) and in 2002 by Wojciech Szczęsny Kaczmarek (Freedom Union), president of Poznań in 1994-1998.

According to pre-election polls, Przemysław Plewiński (Trzecia Droga) was supposed to be the most serious rival of the president of Poznań, Jacek Jaśkowiak. Ultimately, he obtained the third result with the support of 19.10 percent.

Main photo source: PAP/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

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