Candidate supported by opposition wins mayoral race in Rzeszow

Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

An opposition candidate for the mayor of Rzeszow has romped to victory in the first round, securing 56.51 percent of the vote, according to official election results released early on Monday morning by the city's electoral commission.

Konrad Fijolek had the backing of the opposition parties Civic Platform, The Left, and the Polish Peoples' Party, along with the Poland 2050 grouping, and the size of his victory means that a run-off vote is not needed.

Ewa Leniart, backed by the ruling Law and Justice party, received 23.62 percent of the votes, while Marcin Warchol, a candidate of Solidary Poland, a junior member of the ruling coalition, won 10.72 percent of the ballots.

Grzegorz Braun, from the far-right opposition Confederation party, obtained 9.15 percent of the votes.

The election in Rzeszow was held because Tadeusz Ferenc, the mayor of the city since 2002, resigned on February 10 after suffering from Covid-19.

The election had been originally scheduled for May 9, but was postponed to June 13 due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Turnout was put at 54 percent.