Rappler's latest stories on Poland elections
Should final results confirm the expanded majority of the Law and Justice Party (PiS), 'we can expect the PiS to further limit liberal democracy,' says Warsaw University political scientist Anna Sosnowska-Materska
But the opposition receives an unexpected last-minute boost when author Olga Tokarczuk, a known government critic who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, urged Poles to choose wisely 'between democracy and authoritarianism'
Railing against the Law and Justice party's anti-LGBT views and its ties to the church, but sharing its welfare goals, left-wing parties are poised to return to the Polish parliament
Analysts say the next government s first moves will be closely scrutinized given the risk that nationalist policies could inflame tensions with the European Union and Russia
The Law and Justice party led by ex premier Jaroslaw Kaczynski commands an 8 to 12 point poll lead over the liberal Civic Platform of Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz