Officers busy but no major incidents in Polish local elections: police
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Police say they detained 19 people, mostly for drunken behaviour, in the immediate run-up to Poland's local government elections and as voters headed to the ballot box on Sunday.
Officers said, however, that no major incidents were reported on election day.
Police were notified of 796 election-related incidents across the country, including 17 suspected cases of voters accepting bribes.
The ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) won the highest percentage of the vote in elections to Poland’s regional assemblies, according to an exit poll.
The Civic Coalition, an alliance between the Civic Platform (PO) and Nowoczesna (Modern) parties, came in second, according to the study by pollster Ipsos.
Voters cast their ballots on Sunday to select nearly 47,000 aldermen and 2,500 mayors and other local officials.
The official election returns were expected to be announced in the days ahead.
The exit poll indicated that in the Polish capital, a candidate backed by the opposition Civic Platform party won a decisive, first-round victory in the race for mayor after securing over half the vote.
Some pre-election surveys had suggested the battle for Warsaw would need to go to a second round.
A second round of voting in the local lections, where needed, was due to be held on November 4.