A record 136 women will sit in the 460-member Sejm, Poland’s more powerful lower house of parliament. In this year’s election, a record 44% of candidates were women. The Law and Justice Party (PiS), which lost its parliamentary majority after eight years in power, has 42 women among 194 MPs. The largest opposition group, the centrist Civic Coalition (KO), has 62 women among 157 MPs, while the centre-right Third Way (Trzecia Droga) has 19 among 65 MPs. Turnout among female voters, at 73.7%, was slightly higher than male turnout at 72%. Women were more likely than men to vote for the three mainstream opposition parties and much less likely to vote for the far right Confederation. PiS attracted similar support among both male and female voters.

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