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Poles vote in local ballots considered test for main parties ahead of 2015 general election

  • Election posters for local elections are fixed in a street close to a polling station in Lomianki near Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Election posters for local elections are fixed in a street close to a polling station in Lomianki near Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Leader of the main oposition party, tha Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski votes during the first round of Polish local elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year.Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Leader of the main oposition party, tha Law and Justice, Jaroslaw Kaczynski votes during the first round of Polish local elections in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014.The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year.Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Election posters for local elections are fixed in a street close to a polling station in Lomianki near Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Election posters for local elections are fixed in a street close to a polling station in Lomianki near Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. The voting is considered a test for the main parties ahead of the parliamentary elections next year. Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout. Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

Local elections are being held in Poland in votes considered a test for the main parties ahead of national ballots next year.

Some 30 million voters are eligible to choose nearly 47,000 councilors and 2,500 local administration leaders on Sunday, but observers are concerned about the possibility of a low turnout.

Opinion polls gave a narrow lead to the governing pro-business Civic Platform party, over the nationalist opposition Law and Justice.

In power since 2007, the Civic Platform is led by Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz. He took over from Donald Tusk in September, when Tusk stepped down to take a top European Union job.