European elections start in Poland

Voting at the polling station in Szczecin. Marcin Bielecki/PAP

Voting to the European Parliament in Poland started at 7 a.m. on Sunday. It will end at 9 p.m.

A total of 866 candidates (404 women and 462 men) are running in this year's European elections in Poland, according to the State Electoral Commission (PKW).

Over 27,286 polling stations are open to close to 30 million voters in Poland from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Poles abroad will vote at 203 polling stations.

Electoral campaigning has been forbidden from midnight on Friday until polling stations close at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Exit polls will be published at 9 p.m. on Sunday based on surveys conducted by Ipsos for TVP public television as well as TVN and Polsat private broadcasters.

Results from district electoral commissions will be published after 11 p.m. on Sunday, when voting ends in all the European Union member countries. The official results are due to be released on Tuesday, according to the PKW.

MEPs are chosen for a term of five years. Poles will choose 51 European Parliament deputies, plus one more who will become active only when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The State Electoral Commission (PKW) will hold four press conferences on Sunday to inform the public about the election turnout and any possible incidents. The first is planned at 10:00 a.m., the second at 1:30 pm and the third at 6:30 p.m. The fourth meeting with journalists is planned at 10:00 p.m., after the closure of polling stations.