The Poles went to the polls on October the 9th 2011 and elected a new Parliament. There were new rules in play for the Senate elections, the one hundred (100) senators where for the first time elected in a Firs Past the Post single member constituencies. This is the electoral map.
As you can see, the ruling right-wing liberal Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) took the bulk of the senate seats, in fact they took 63 of them. They were, as before, strong in Western parts of the country as well as the bigger cities. The traditionalist christian conservative party Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) fared better in the East as well as in the rural areas, grabbing a total of 31 seats. The co-ruling agrarian Polish People’s Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe) got two seats, with the remaining four seats going to independent candidates. The final table thus looks as follows:
- PO – 63
- PIS – 31
- PSL – 2
- OTHER 4
The map outline above is taken from the webpage of the Polish Electoral Committee. (www.pkw.gov.pl)