ONLINE: Municipal and Senate elections have started. Nuns vote in the hospice, in Minice they vote at the | stop iRADIO

  • Voters all over the Czech Republic decide on the new composition of municipal councils. Municipal elections are being held in a total of 6,243 municipalities this year. In a third of the country, people will also influence the composition of the Senate with their votes, elections are held in 27 constituencies.
  • In the first two hours of municipal and senate elections, an average of a tenth of voters came to the polls, as in previous years. In some places, the participation was up to a fifth.
  • The overall results of the senate elections could be known by Saturday evening, the complete results of the municipal elections probably on Sunday morning.



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13:59 23/09/2022 (Updated: 19:16 23/09/2022)

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People can vote from 14:00 to 22:00 on Friday and from 08:00 to 14:00 on Saturday. They must take an identity card, i.e. a national ID card or passport, to the polling station.


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The first voters traditionally include representatives of parliamentary parties and President Miloš Zeman. He came to cast his vote for the first time in Lány. “Besides the voter, no one may be present behind the screen. But how do I get there with a wheelchair? That’s a dilemma, we’ll solve it somehow,” the president smiled. A member of the security guard then took him behind the curtain and stepped aside so that the president could vote in peace.

Prime Minister Petr Fiala from ODS, TOP 09 chairman Markéta Pekarová Adamová, head of STAN Vít Rakušan, president of Pirates Ivan Bartoš, ANO chief Andrej Babišor SPD chairman Tomio Okamura. Former president Václav Klaus has already cast his vote in the ballot box.

In the Ústí Region, the police received several reports in connection with the elections, they are dealing with all of them, they have not charged anyone yet, said regional police spokesman Daniel Vítek. According to the Romea.cz server, suspicions of vote buying appeared in Krupka na Teplice, in Teplice and in the Mojžíř housing estate in Ústí nad Labem. Suspicions of vote buying appear especially in excluded localities of this region during every municipal election.

The police are also dealing with the alleged purposeful reporting of a permanent residence in Moldava in Teplice. The management of the village deleted 46 people from the list of voters, but the chairman of the electoral commission said on Friday that he would let them vote as well.

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Municipal elections are not being held this year in eleven municipalities where not enough candidates have registered. Among them is Líšná in Přerovsk, you can read her story here. The fewest candidates for the Senate are in the district of Ústí nad Orlicí, where two men will fight for the voters’ votes. Conversely, the greatest interest is in the district of Karlovy Vary, where eleven people want to enter the Senate.

At the same time as the municipal and senate elections, local referenda began in 14 municipalities. In them, people decide on the construction of houses, the mining of gravel and sand, or the incinerator.

Elections to municipal councils are of great importance for life in municipalities. Tens of thousands of elected representatives make decisions about municipal money and solve specific problems of municipalities that are close to everyday life. Above all, in Prague and other large cities, the volume of funds decided by the elected representatives is comparable to that of several ministries.

The Senate is then a fundamental element of the legislative process, it is also a constitutional safeguard and forms a counterweight to the House of Representatives and also to the President. The upper chamber cannot be dissolved by the president, and therefore remains the only body that can take legal measures in the event of parliamentary crises. This happened for the first time and so far the last time in 2013.

The village of Minice in Píseck has the fewest inhabitants in the South Bohemian Region. Out of 31 people, 30 have the right to vote here. The municipal office is a converted bus stop | Photo: Jitka Cibulová Vokatá | Source: Czech Radio

How to vote?

In municipal elections, people can form their council by putting crosses next to their names on the ballot, where the candidates of all groups are together. They can also mark a favored party with a cross or combine it with candidates from other groupings.

The number of crosses must not be higher than the number of elected council members, otherwise the vote would be invalid. If the voter crosses fewer candidates, the validity of the vote will not suffer.


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People can prepare the tickets, which are usually printed on one side, at home, put them in a gray voting envelope behind the curtain in the polling station, and then throw them into the ballot box in front of the electoral commission.

In senate elections, people choose a ticket with the name of their preferred candidate, which they place in a yellow senate ballot envelope and then drop it into the ballot box. They do not modify this ticket in any way.

People must not mix up the ballot envelopes they receive from the electoral commission. Gray is for municipal elections, yellow for senate. If the voter threw the envelopes, his votes would be invalid.

The composition of town halls can be decided by foreigners from EU countries who have permanent or temporary residence in the municipalities. This does not apply to other foreigners, including Ukrainians. On the other hand, at least 10,000 voters who are in self-imposed isolation due to the coronavirus will not vote.

Expecting results

In the municipal elections four years ago, 47.34 percent of voters voted. In the first round of senate elections two years ago, it was 36.7 percent.

The final results of the midday municipal elections in 2018 were announced on Sunday at 8.30am. During the first round of senate elections two years ago, we knew the candidates at 22:56. The second round always takes place a week later, this year it will be on October 30 and September 1.

Anna Kottová, CTK

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