Elections in the Czech Republic

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The Czech Republic elects a legislature at a national level, the Parliament (Czech: Parlament České republiky) has two chambers. The Chamber of Deputies (Czech: Poslanecká sněmovna) has 200 members, elected for a four-year term by proportional representation with a 5% election threshold for political parties. The Senate (Czech: Senát) has 81 members in single-seat constituencies, elected by two-round runoff voting for a six-year term, with one third of seats contested every even year in the autumn. The President of the Czech Republic was indirectly elected for five-year terms until 2012; beginning with the 2013 election, the president is elected by direct two-round runoff voting.[1]

There have been municipal elections every four years since 1990 and regional elections every four years starting in 2000, these elections take place in the autumn.

The Czech Republic has a multi-party system.

Voting in Czech elections is normally held over two days, from Friday afternoon until early afternoon on Saturday.

Latest Presidential election[edit]

Candidate Party First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Miloš Zeman Party of Civic Rights 1,985,547 38.56 2,853,390 51.36
Jiří Drahoš Independent, with KDU–ČSL and STAN support 1,369,601 26.60 2,701,206 48.63
Pavel Fischer Independent 526,694 10.23
Michal Horáček Independent 472,643 9.18
Marek Hilšer Independent 454,949 8.83
Mirek Topolánek Independent, with ODS support 221,689 4.30
Jiří Hynek Realists 63,348 1.23
Petr Hannig Party of Common Sense 29,228 0.56
Vratislav Kulhánek Civic Democratic Alliance 24,442 0.47
Invalid/blank votes 29,097 13,031
Total 5,177,238 100 5,567,627 100
Registered voters/turnout 8,366,433 61.92 8,362,987 66.60
Source: Volby

Latest Chamber of Deputies election[edit]

e • d Summary of the 20 – 21 October 2017 Czech Chamber of Deputies election results
Party Ideology Votes % Seats Change
ANO 2011 Centrism, Populism 1,500,113 29.64 78 +31
Civic Democratic Party Conservatism, Euroscepticism 572,962 11.32 25 +9
Czech Pirate Party Pirate politics 546,393 10.79 22 +22
Freedom and Direct Democracy Direct democracy, Euroscepticism 538,574 10.64 22 *
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia Communism 393,100 7.76 15 -18
Czech Social Democratic Party Social democracy 368,347 7.27 15 −35
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party Christian democracy 293,643 5.80 10 -4
TOP 09 Liberal conservatism 268,811 5.31 7 -19
Mayors and Independents Subsidiarity 262,157 5.18 6 *
Party of Free Citizens Libertarianism, Euroscepticism 79,229 1.56 0 0
Green Party Green politics 74,335 1.46 0 0
Others 0
Total (turnout 60.84%) 5,060,759 100.00 200
* Did not stand in previous election
Source: Czech Statistical Office

Latest Senate election[edit]

e • d Senate of the Czech Republic composition after the 2008 election and 2007 by-election in 2 constituencies
Party Seats
Civic Democratic Party 35
Czech Social Democratic Party 29
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party includes 1 elected in 2002 as an independent candidate 7
Caucus SNK (Senátorský klub SNK) comprises 6 senators elected for
SNK European Democrats 1
Independents Movement (Hnutí NEZÁVISLÍ) 1*
Independent Mayors for Region (Nezávislí starostové pro kraj) 1*
Caucus of Open Democracy (Klub otevřené demokracie) comprises 7 senators elected for
Freedom Union–Democratic Union 1*
Green Party 1*
Party for the Open Society in 2006 1*
United Democrats - Union of Independents (Spojení demokraté - Sdružení nezávislých) 1*
Non aligned
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia in 2002, 2004 and 2007 3
Total 81
Source: Czech Statistical Office, Senate

The electoral party (the party on whose label the senator ran) can be volatile, especially with senators elected for tiny parties, so caucuses are more relevant.

  • For senators from tiny electoral parties who are not their formal members

Past elections and referendums[edit]

  • See below

Presidential elections[edit]

European elections[edit]

Regional elections[edit]

Municipal elections[edit]

Czechoslovakia-era elections[edit]

  • See below

Referendums[edit]

The Constitution of the Czech Republic mentions referendum only in context of "referendum concerning the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union"[2] There are no other provisions concerning referendums. Therefore, the only referendum ever held in the Czech Republic was Czech European Union membership referendum in 2003. The Government of the Czech Republic approved a referendum bill in 2005,[3] but it was never passed by the parliament.

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