Final results in local Polish elections show win for ruling party; exit polls got it wrong

Results for local elections in Poland show the governing Civic Platform party as the winner, a surprise outcome given that exit polls had predicted a defeat for the pro-European party.

The results were announced late Saturday, six days after the voting last Sunday. Results were delayed for days by a computer malfunction that has sparked political anger and led to the resignation of the head of the state electoral commission.

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz had conceded defeat last Sunday for her party based on the exit polls while her rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski, head of the conservative Law and Justice party, celebrated a win.

Results show Civic Platform won 179 seats on local assemblies and Law and Justice 169. Civic Platform's junior coalition party, the Polish People's Party, won 159.