Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) is said to have won the country’s parliamentary elections. The conservative party will take 43.6 percent of votes and gain an independent majority in the lower house, according to the first exit poll Ipsos, released after voting ended at 9 p.m. The opposition Civic Coalition, comprising the Civic Platform (PO) party and some smaller liberal parties, came second with 27.4 percent. The Left (Lewica), a grouping of left-wing parties, will hold 11.9 percent of votes. Further behind there was the conservative Polish Coalition (PSL) with 9.6 percent, and the right-wing Confederation (Konfederacja) party with 6.4 percent.
This year's voter turnout, according to the exit poll, amounted to 61.1 percent. In the current elections, 460 deputies and 100 senators have been elected. They will hold power for the next four years. The State Electoral Commission (PKW) will announce the official results on Tuesday.