Poles stand in line for high-stakes presidential vote

Poles stood in long lines to vote on Sunday (June 28) in a closely-fought presidential election, expected to see record turnout.

The result that could reshape Poland's tense relationship with the European Union and the ruling nationalists' socially conservative agenda.

The ballot takes place seven weeks later than originally scheduled because of lockdown measures.

Incumbent Andrzej Duda's re-election is crucial if the ruling Law and Justice party is to continue an agenda that includes judicial reforms that have put Poland on a collision course with the European Union.

If no candidate wins more than 50%, the two with the biggest share will compete in a second round on July 12.

Duda's main challenger, centrist Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski seeks to provide a progressive alternative and to end Poland's isolation in the EU after five years of conflict between the government and Brussels.

Poland's electoral commission says it expects record turnout.