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POLAND: PiS presents top candidates

The ruling PiS party has announced its leading candidates for each of the 41 constituencies (full list below). It does not come as a surprise that the ruling PiS party nominated some of its most recognizable figures for top spots on electoral lists. The party will use these constituency leaders to rally the support of its base electorate – this strategy which worked for PiS in previous elections. Still, the majority of candidates have not previously spearheaded an electoral list. Many top PiS figures have recently been elected to the EP. Fresh faces are likely to appear further down on the lists and will also likely lead more aggressive campaigns. Similarly to the EP election, PiS was first in officially announcing its leading candidates. Ongoing coalition talks on the opposition might mean that candidates from other parties could be presented weeks from now. For the ruling party, the final shape of the lists will also be indicative of its internal coalition balance. Commentators have been quick to notice that Deputy PM Jarosław Gowin has not been announced as leading a list to the Sejm. This might be a sign that Gowin will run for the Senate.

PiS Sejm electoral list leaders:
Adam Lipiński (Legnica)
Michał Dworczyk (Wałbrzych)
Mirosława Stachowiak-Różecka (Wrocław)
Tomasz Latos (Bydgoszcz)
Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski  (Toruń)
Sylwester Tułajew (Lublin)
Jacek Sasin (Chełm)
Marek Ast  (Zielona Góra)
Piotr Gliński (Łódź)
Antoni Macierewicz (Piotrków Trybunalski)
Joanna Lichocka (Sieradz)
Rafał Bochenek (Chrzanów)
Małgorzata Wassermann (Kraków)
Arkadiusz Mularczyk (Nowy Sącz)
Anna Pieczarka (Tarnów)
Łukasz Szumowski (Płock)
Marek Suski (Radom)
Krzysztof Tchórzewski (Siedlce)
Jarosław Kaczyński (Warszawa)
Mariusz Błaszczak (obwarzanek warszawski)
Violetta Porowska (Opole)
Marek Kuchciński (Krosno)
Krzysztof Sobolewski (Rzeszów)
Dariusz Piontkowski (Białystok)
Jarosław Sellin (Gdańsk)
Marcin Horała (Gdynia)
Stanisław Szwed (Bielsko-Biała)
Szymon Giżyński (Częstochowa)
Bożena Borys-Szopa (Gliwice)
Bolesław Piecha (Rybnik)
Mateusz Morawiecki (Katowice)
Ewa Malik (Sosnowiec)
Zbigniew Ziobro (Kielce)
Leonard Krasulski (Elbląg)
Wojciech Maksymowicz (Olsztyn)
Jan Dziedziczak (Kalisz)
Zbigniew Hoffman (Konin)
Krzysztof Czarnecki (Piła)
Jadwiga Emilewicz (Poznań)
Paweł Szefernaker (Koszalin)
Marek Gróbarczyk (Szczecin)