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Presidential elections were held in Poland on 5 November 1995, with a second round on 19 November. 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.
Former Chairman of Social Democracy Aleksander Kwaśniewski
Activist Andrzej Lepper
Chairman of Unia Polityki Realnej Janusz Korwin-Mikke
Former Prime Minister Jan Olszewski
Former Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak
Former Chairman of the Solidarity movement Lech Wałęsa
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.
|Candidate||Party||First round||Second round|
|Aleksander Kwaśniewski||Democratic Left Alliance||6,275,670||35.1||9,704,439||51.7|
|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|
|Janusz Korwin-Mikke||Real Politics Union||428,969||2.4|
|Andrzej Lepper||Self-Defense of the Polish Republic||235,797||1.3|
|Source: Nohlen & Stöver|