According to results provided by the National Electoral Commission (PKW) on Monday morning, from 99.97 percent of voting centers, President Andrzej Duda won the election with 51.21 percent of the vote.
His opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski received 48.79 percent. The difference in the votes between the candidates is approximately 500,000. Duda received more than 10.4 million votes and Trzaskowski more than 9.9 million.
The turnout was a record high for Poland at 68.7 percent.
Andrzej Duda emphasized during his post-election speech that winning the elections at such a high turnout was incredible news.
“I would like to thank my countrymen with all my heart. I am very touched by all of this,” the re-elected president said.
Supporters gathered at his rally in Pułtusk (Central Poland) chanted “Long live Poland” after the first results from the exit poll were announced.
Duda thanked not only his voters, but also those of his opponent, Rafał Trzaskowski, as in his opinion, they pointed him to the areas which require his attention.
The president also stressed the support he had from his closest family – his wife, daughter and parents – during the election. “If someone has strong support back home, then they can win anything. They can overcome even the heaviest burdens. This is the power which comes from love and a sense of belonging,” he declared.
Trzaskowski also held a rally and despite his close loss, he stressed that merely two months ago, Poles were convinced that the result of the election was a certain thing.
He stated that a civic society was awakened, which is why in the end, they would succeed.
“It is Poles, men and women in all of Poland who gave us hope for an open, happy, tolerant and European country. A Poland in which balance and common sense were most important,” said the opposition candidate.
Trzaskowski underlined that no matter the result, he and his supporters had already won because they managed to “create hope through constructing a civic campaign”.