Turnout is high in Poland’s close presidential vote

WARSAW — Turnout was high for Poland’s knife-edge presidential election on Sunday, likely reflecting strong feelings on both sides of a deep political divide in a vote that could have major consequences for relations with the European Union.

Incumbent Andrzej Duda, an ally of the ruling nationalists Law and Justice (PiS), is facing Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in a contest that highlights a split between conservative, Catholic Poland and a country that seeks to be more open and socially liberal.

Turnout for the run-off vote at 1500 GMT was 52.10%, well above the 47.89% recorded at the same time in the first round, held on June 28. In 2015, turnout at this time was 40.51%.

Polling stations close at 1900 GMT, at which point the results of an exit poll will be announced.

The election will determine if the government can deepen judicial reforms that the European Union says increase political control over the courts. The president holds the power of veto and Trzaskowski has promised that if he wins he will block legislation that he believes would undermine democratic norms.

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