2009 European Parliament election in Poland


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]

European Parliament election in Poland, 2009

 2004 7 June 2009 2014 

50 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout24.53%
  First party Second party
 
Leader Danuta Hübner Michał Kamiński
Party PO PiS
Alliance EPP ECR
Last election 15 seats, 24.1% 7 seats, 12.67%
Seats won 25 15
Seat change 10 8
Popular vote 3 271 852 2 017 607
Percentage 44.43% 27.40%
Swing 20.33% 14.73%

  Third party Fourth party
 
Leader Wojciech Olejniczak Janusz Piechociński
Party SLD PSL
Alliance S&D EPP
Last election 5 seats, 9.35% 4 seats, 6.34%
Seats won 7 3
Seat change 2 1
Popular vote 908 765 516 146
Percentage 12.34% 7.01%
Swing 2.99% 0.67%

Powiats won by

– Civic Platform – Law and Justice

– Polish People's Party
Poland is divided into 13 electoral districts whose numbers are displayed on the picture

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 2007 Polish parliamentary election, 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 fourth 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.

Contesting committees


Name Ideology European Union position Leader Main candidate[3] Alliance 2004 result Current seats
Vote (%) Seats
Civic Platform (PO) Centrism, catch-all Hard pro-Europeanism Donald Tusk Danuta Hübner EPP 24.1%
15 / 54
14 / 54
Law and Justice (PiS) National conservatism, Christian democracy Soft Euroscepticism Jarosław Kaczyński Michał Kamiński UEN 12.7%
7 / 54
10 / 54
Alliance for the Future (PdP) Social liberalism, social democracy Hard pro-Europeanism Dariusz Rosati ALDE
S&D
G-EFA
12.9%
7 / 54
9 / 54
Libertas Poland (LP) Anti-Lisbon Treaty, souverainism Hard Euroscepticism Daniel Pawłowiec UEN
NI
15.9%
10 / 54
8 / 54
Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) Social democracy, third way Hard pro-Europeanism Grzegorz Napieralski Wojciech Olejniczak S&D 9.4%
5 / 54
5 / 54
Polish People's Party (PSL) Agrarianism, Christian democracy Hard pro-Europeanism Waldemar Pawlak Janusz Piechociński EPP 6.3%
4 / 54
2 / 54
Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland (SRP) Agrarianism, left-wing populism Hard Euroscepticism Andrzej Lepper Jan Sochocki UEN 10.8%
6 / 54
2 / 54
Polish Labour Party (PPP) Democratic socialism, anti-capitalism Soft Euroscepticism Bogusław Ziętek GUE-NGL 0.5%
0 / 54
1 / 54
Right Wing of the Republic (PR) Political Catholicism, Christian right Soft Euroscepticism Marek Jurek IND/DEM -
0 / 54
1 / 54
Real Politics Union (UPR) Right-Libertarianism, Laissez-faire Hard Euroscepticism Bolesław Witczak NI 1.9%
0 / 54
0 / 54

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

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[permanent dead link] 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%

Results


PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Civic Platform3,271,85244.4325+10
Law and Justice2,017,60727.4015+8
Democratic Left Alliance – Labour Union908,76512.347+2
Polish People's Party516,1467.013–1
Alliance for the Future179,6022.440–7
Right Wing of the Republic143,9661.950New
Self-Defence of the Republic of Poland107,1851.460–6
Libertas Poland83,7541.140–10
Real Politics Union81,1461.1000
Polish Labour Party51,8720.7000
Forward Poland–Piast1,5370.020New
Polish Socialist Party1,3310.020New
Total7,364,763100.0050–4
Valid votes7,364,76398.17
Invalid/blank votes137,5731.83
Total votes7,502,336100.00
Registered voters/turnout30,565,27224.55
Source: PKW

See also


References


  1. "Wybory Europejskie – 7 czerwca 2009". europarl.europa.eu (in Polish). 2009 European Parliament. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  2. "Nowela ordynacji wyborczej zaskarżona" (in Polish). Presspublica Sp. z o.o. 6 March 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  3. Leading candidate in Warsaw (if the party leader does not run personally in another district)