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SOLIDARITY WINS 8 MORE SEATS IN ELECTION RUNOFF IN POLAND

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Solidarity continued its domination of Poland's national elections Monday by winning eight of the nine seats still left open to the opposition in a parliamentary runoff.

But voters demonstrated widespread apathy to races in which only communist candidates were competing. Only in races featuring Solidarity-backed candidates did turnout exceed 25 percent.Sunday's runoff elections were for candidates who failed to draw at least 50 percent of the vote during the initial round on June 4. Because of the poor communist showing in the early round, most of the runoff races featured only communist candidates and their contests were widely ignored.

Final results were not expected until Tuesday. But the low voter turnout in the contested communist races and Solidarity's continued success was another setback for the government.

Also, it was apparent from unofficial returns that progressive communists were besting hardliners in several races.

"The post-election shock has brought about a need for a deep analysis of the situation," Politburo member Leszek Miller said in an interview with the Communist Party newspaper Trybuna Ludu on Monday. "The party is faced with the most serious problems in its whole history."

Solidarity was allowed run for all seats in the newly created 100-member Senate and 35 percent of the seats in the existing Sejm. In the first round, it won 92 seats in the Senate and 160 of the 161 it was alloted in the Sejm.