2018 Czech Senate election

2018 Czech Senate election

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27 out of 81 seats in the Senate
  First party Second party Third party
  Petr Fiala, IMG 43049 white výřez.jpg Praha, Národní třída, 17 listopadu 2017, Petr Gazdík (cropped).jpg Belobradek (cropped).jpg
Leader Petr Fiala Petr Gazdík Pavel Bělobrádek
Party ODS STAN KDU–ČSL
Seats won 10 5 2
1st round 163,630
15.0%
76,817
7.1%
99,383
9.1%
2nd round 116,376
27.8%
47,317
11.3%
34,833
8.3%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  A Babiš Praha 2015.JPG Hamacek Danko (cropped).jpg Ivan Bartoš portrait June 28, 2017.jpg
Leader Andrej Babiš Jan Hamáček Ivan Bartoš
Party ANO ČSSD Pirates
Seats won 1 1 1
1st round 147,477
13.5%
100,478
9.2%
63,132
5.8%
2nd round 57,500
13.8%
33,887
8.1%
18,048
4.3%

Senate elections were held in the Czech Republic on 5 and 6 October 2018 alongside municipal elections, with a second round held on 12 and 13 October 2018. The Conservative Civic Democratic Party (ODS) won the election with 10 seats. Governing parties ANO 2011 and the Czech Social Democratic Party were heavily defeated, winning only 1 seat each. The Communist Party lost its last seat in the Senate when Václav Homolka failed to be re-elected, meaning the party would be without representation in the Senate for the first time in the history of Czech Republic. The election was considered the first major win for the opposition to Andrej Babiš' Cabinet. Commentators including Josef Kopecký also noted ODS confirmed their position as the main opposition party, ahead of the Czech Pirate Party.[1][2][3][4]

Electoral system

One-third of the 81-member Senate is elected every two years, giving Senators six year terms. Members of the Senate are elected in single-member constituencies using the two-round system.[5]

Composition of contested seats prior to the elections

List of contested districts

District Incumbent Standing for reelection
2 - Sokolov Zdeněk Berka (ČSSD) No
5- Chomutov Václav Homolka (KSČM) Yes
8 - Rokycany Milada Emmerová (ČSSD) Yes
11 - Domažlice Jan Látka (ČSSD) Yes
14 - České Budějovice Jiří Šesták (STAN) Yes
17 - Prague 12 Tomáš Grulich (ODS) No
20 - Prague 4 Eva Syková (ČSSD) Yes
23 - Prague 8 Daniela Filipiová (ODS) No
26 - Prague 2 Libor Michálek (Piráti) Yes
29 - Litoměřice Hassan Mezian (ČSSD) No
32 - Teplice Jaroslav Kubera (ODS) Yes
35 - Jablonec nad Nisou Jaroslav Zeman (ODS) Yes
38 - Mladá Boleslav Jaromír Jermář (ČSSD) No
41 - Benešov Luděk Jeništa (TOP 09) No
44 - Chrudim Jan Veleba (SPOZ) No
47 - Mladá Boleslav Lubomír Franc (ČSSD) No
50 - Svitavy Radko Martínek (ČSSD) No
53 - Třebíč František Bublan (ČSSD) No
56 - Břeclav Jan Hajda (ČSSD) Deceased prior to election
59 - Brno-City Eliška Wagnerová (Zelení) No
62 - Prostějov Božena Sekaninová (ČSSD) Yes
65 - Šumperk Zdeněk Brož (KDU–ČSL) Yes
68 - Opava Vladimír Plaček (ČSSD) Deceased prior to election
71 - Ostrava-City Leopold Sulovský (Ostravak) Yes
74 - Karviná Petr Vícha (ČSSD) Yes

Campaign

The Senate election campaign ran parallel to the campaign for the municipal elections.[6]

ANO 2011 launched their campaign on 3 September 2018. Babiš said that ANO was offering many highly qualified candidates, including Ivan Pilný and Eva Syková.[7]

The Czech Social Democratic Party launched their campaign on 5 September 2018, focused on social issues.[which?][8]

The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) launched their campaign on 7 September 2018. Petr Fiala stated that the election would be a conflict of two worlds, with ODS representing the world of experienced candidates and ANO 2011 representing the world of repeated restarts.[9]

Election forecast

Media Date ANO ODS Piráti SPD KSČM ČSSD KDU–ČSL TOP 09 STAN Others Notes
Election 12–13 Oct 2018 1 10 1 0 0 1 2 1 5 6
Reflex[10] 10 Oct 2018 3 8 0 0 0 2 2 2 4 4
Aktuálně.cz[11] 10 Oct 2018 1 7 1 0 0 2 4 1 5 6
Eurozprávy.cz[12] 7 Oct 2018 2 6 1 0 0 2 4 1 4 5
1st round
Referendum[13][14][15] 2 Oct 2018 5 5 1 0 1 3 4 1 4 4
Hospodářské noviny[16] 30 Sep 2018 5 3 1 0 0 4 4 1 4 5 based on betting odds
Novinky.cz[17] 11 Sep 2018 4 4 1 0 0 5 4 1 3 5 based on betting odds

Campaign finances

Results

Polling station of the electoral district no. 70 in Olomouc during Czech Senate elections and the regional elections held in the Czech Republic on 7 October 2016

The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) was the most successful party in the first round, with 11 candidates proceeding to the second round. ANO 2011 had 10 candidates proceeding.[12]

Senate of the Czech Republic 2018 Election Result.svg
Party[n 1] First round Second round Seat totals
Votes % Seats Votes % Seats Won Not up Total +/–
Civic Democratic Party 163,630 15.02 0 116,376 27.86 10 10 6 16 +7
ANO 2011 147,477 13.54 0 57,500 13.75 1 1 6 7 0
Czech Social Democratic Party 100,478 9.22 0 33,887 8.10 1 1 12 13 -12
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party 99,383 9.12 1 34,833 8.33 1 2 14 16 +2
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 80,371 7.38 0 3,578 0.86 0 0 0 0 -1
Mayors and Independents 79,025 7.25 1 47,317 11.31 4 5 5 10 +5
Freedom and Direct Democracy 70,110 6.44 0 0 0 0 0
Czech Pirate Party 66,281 6.08 0 17,528 4.20 1 1 0 1 0
TOP 09 41,980 3.85 0 22,580 5.40 1 1 2 3 +1
Senator 21 33,860 3.11 0 24,250 5.80 1 1 5 6
Marek Hilšer for Senate 15,045 1.38 0 11,903 2.85 1 1 0 1 +1
Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic 12,265 1.13 0 7,176 1.72 0 0 1 1 0
For Health 11,180 1.03 0 0 0 0
Realists 8,407 0.77 0 0 0 0
Party of Common Sense 7,186 0.66 0 0 0 0
Ostravak 6,178 0.57 0 4,906 1.17 1 1 0 1
Movement for Prague 11 4,980 0.46 0 0 1 1
New Future for Liberec Region 4,744 0.44 0 0 0 0
SNK European Democrats 4,446 0.41 0 0 0 0
Czech National Social Party 4,438 0.41 0 0 0 0
Pévéčko 3,425 0.31 0 0 0 0
Czech Sovereignty 3,300 0.30 0 0 0 0
Party of Civic Rights 3,286 0.30 0 0 0 0
Party of Free Citizens 2,884 0.26 0 0 0 0
Moravian Country Movement 2,641 0.24 0 0 0 0
Ordinary Citizens 2,010 0.18 0 0 0 0
Green Party 1,818 0.17 0 0 1 1 -1
Moravian and Silesian Pirate Party 1,789 0.16 0 0 0 0
Moravané 1,484 0.14 0 0 0 0
Koruna Česká 1,443 0.13 0 0 0 0
Patriots of the Czech Republic 1,369 0.13 0 0 0 0
NE-VOLIM 1,346 0.12 0 0 0 0
Order of Nation 1,172 0.11 0 0 0 0
INDEPENDENTS 1,061 0.10 0 0 0 0
Club of Committed Non-Party Members 1,001 0.09 0 0 0 0
Alternative for Czechia 2017 794 0.07 0 0 0 0
Party of State of Direct Democracy 499 0.05 0 0 0 0
Citizens of the Czech Republic 491 0.05 0 0 0 0
Alliance of National Forces 390 0.04 0 0 0 0
Enough is Enough 258 0.02 0 0 0 0
Roma Democratic Party 216 0.02 0 0 0 0
Nation Together 41 0.00 0 0 0 0
Independents 95,507 8.76 0 35,938 8.59 3 3 3 6 +4
Invalid/blank votes 46,573 2,151
Total 1,136,262 100 2 419,923 100 25 27 54 81 0
Registered voters/turnout 2,743,745 41.41 2,547,488 16.48
Source: Volby

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