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.


  • Activist Leszek Bubel
  • Activist Tadeusz Koźluk
  • Comedian Jan Pietrzak
  • Activist Kazimierz Piotrowicz


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 Kwaśniewski Democratic Left Alliance 6,275,670 35.1 9,704,439 51.7
Lech Wałęsa Independent 5,917,328 33.1 9,058,176 48.3
Jacek Kuroń Freedom Union 1,646,946 9.2
Jan Olszewski Movement for the Republic 1,225,453 6.9
Waldemar Pawlak Polish People's Party 770,419 4.3
Tadeusz Zieliński Labor Union 631,432 3.5
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz Independent 492,628 2.8
Janusz Korwin-Mikke Real Politics Union 428,969 2.4
Andrzej Lepper Self-Defense of the Polish Republic 235,797 1.3
Jan Pietrzak Independent 201,033 1.1
Tadeusz Koźluk Independent 27,259 0.2
Kazimierz Piotrowicz Independent 12,591 0.1
Leszek Bubel Independent 6,825 0.0
Invalid/blank votes 330,868 383,881
Total 18,203,218 100 19,146,496 100
Registered voters/turnout 28,136,332 64.7 28,062,409 68.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1491 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  • Obwieszczenie PKW z dn. 7 XI 1995 r., Dziennik Ustaw Nr 126, poz. 604;
  • Obwieszczenie PKW z dn. 7 XI 1995 r., Dz.U. Nr 131, poz. 636