Polish presidential election, 1995

Polish presidential election, 1995
5 November 1995 (first round)
19 November 1995 (second round)

Turnout 64.7% (first round)
68.2% (second round)
Nominee Aleksander Kwaśniewski Lech Wałęsa
Party SLD Independent
Popular vote 9,704,439 9,058,176
Percentage 51.7% 48.3%

Second round results by voivodeship

President before election

Lech Wałęsa


Aleksander Kwaśniewski

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Presidential elections were held in Poland on 5 November 1995, with a second round on 19 November.[1] Aleksander Kwaśniewski and Lech Wałęsa passed to the second round. Kwaśniewski won the election, collecting 51.7 percent of votes in the run-off, against 48.3 percent for Lech Wałęsa, the former Solidarity leader.


Kwaśniewski's campaign slogans were "Let's choose the future" (Wybierzmy przyszłość) and "A Poland for all" (Wspólna Polska). Political opponents disputed his victory, and produced evidence to show that he had lied about his education in registration documents and public presentations. There was also some mystery over his graduation from university. A law court confirmed that Kwaśniewski had lied about his record, but did not penalise him for it, judging the information irrelevant to the election result.



Kwaśniewski won with 51.7 percent of votes in the run-off. 64.7% of citizens cast their votes during the first round, 98.2% of those were valid. 68.2% of citizens cast their vote during the second round, 98.0% of those were valid.

Winners of the first round by voivodeship
Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Aleksander KwaśniewskiDemocratic Left Alliance6,275,67035.19,704,43951.7
Lech WałęsaIndependent5,917,32833.19,058,17648.3
Jacek KurońFreedom Union1,646,9469.2
Jan OlszewskiMovement for the Republic1,225,4536.9
Waldemar PawlakPolish People's Party770,4194.3
Tadeusz ZielińskiLabor Union631,4323.5
Hanna Gronkiewicz-WaltzIndependent492,6282.8
Janusz Korwin-MikkeReal Politics Union428,9692.4
Andrzej LepperSelf-Defense of the Polish Republic235,7971.3
Jan PietrzakIndependent201,0331.1
Tadeusz KoźlukIndependent27,2590.2
Kazimierz PiotrowiczIndependent12,5910.1
Leszek BubelIndependent6,8250.0
Invalid/blank votes330,868383,881
Registered voters/turnout28,136,33264.728,062,40968.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1491 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
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