2020 Czech regional elections

2020 Czech regional elections

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All 675 seats in the regional councils
Turnout 38.0%
  First party Second party Third party
  Andrej Babiš 2019 (cropped).jpg Petr Fiala 2019 Praha.jpg Ivan Bartoš 3 July 2020.jpg
Leader Andrej Babiš Petr Fiala Ivan Bartoš
Party ANO ODS Pirates
Last election 176 seats 76 seats 5 seats
Seats won 178 99 99
Seat change Increase 2 Increase 23 Increase 94
Popular vote 604,441 411,825 369,702
Percentage 21.82% 14.87% 13.33%
Governors 3 4 0

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Vít Rakušan 2015.JPG Praha, Vinohrady, Retailcon, Marián Jurečka (cropped).jpg Hamacek Danko (cropped).jpg
Leader Vít Rakušan Marian Jurečka Jan Hamáček
Party STAN KDU–ČSL ČSSD
Last election 38 seats 61 seats 125 seats
Seats won 91 53 37
Seat change Increase 35 Decrease 8 Decrease 88
Popular vote 405,477 252,598 185,714
Percentage 14.64% 9.12% 6.68%
Governors 4 1 1

Chairman of the Regional Association before election

Jiří Běhounek (acting)[2]
ČSSD

Elected Chairman of the Regional Association

Martin Kuba
ODS

Elections to regional councils in the Czech Republic in 13 regions (except Prague) were held on 2–3 October 2020.[1]

Background

ANO 2011 won the previous election. Czech Social Democratic Party saw heavy losses and came second.[3] 2017 Czech legislative election resulted in another victory of ANO 2011 while Social Democrats were reduced to 6th place. Traditional main right wing party Civic Democratic Party finished second followed by Czech Pirate Party and Freedom and Direct Democracy.[4] Civic Democrats and Pirates has since then competed for the position of the main opposition party.[5]

TOP 09 and Mayors and Independents negotiated about possible electoral alliance, but in December 2019, negotiations failed and parties decided to cooperate only in some regions.[6] In February 2020 the Civic Democratic Party and TOP 09 in Plzeň region agreed to cooperate in Plzeň region allowing TOP 09 candidates to run on the Civic Democratic Party list.[7] Similar agreements were made in Pardubice Region and Moravian-Silesian Region in which ODS allowed TOP 09 to run on its list.[8][9] ODS also formed an electoral alliance with KDU-ČSL in Karlovy Vary Region[10] and with STAn and Eastern Bohemians in Hradec Králové Region.[11]

Czech Pirate Party formed an electoral alliance with Mayors an Independents for Olomouc region in March 2020. The Pirate Party decided to not form any other regional electoral alliance .[12]

Tricolour Citizens' Movement formed coalitions with Svobodní and Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic in most regions. It is the first election for the Party that formed in 2019.[13]

Election lists were to be submitted no later than on 28 July 2020. 207 lists were submitted with largest portion in Moravian-Silesian Region and South Bohemian Region.[14]

COVID-19 pandemic

2020 Czech regional elections in Olomouc

Election would be held during COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2020 it was reported that people in quarantine would be unable to vote. Opposition parties largely criticised that people would be limited on their right to vote.[15] This led government to prepare laws to enable quarantined people to vote. It introduced 4 possibilities - drive-through voting, voting through a representative, or a special electoral commission that would come to affected people and formation of special electoral districts.[16] Minister of Interior and leader of ČSSD stated that Parliament should accept all possibilities. TOP 09, STAN and Pirates only decided to support Drive-through voting and special electoral districts. ODS decided to support Drive-through voting, special electoral commissions but opposed the possibility of voting through a representative.[17]

Campaign

ANO 2011

The party is running alone in all regions. The party decided to put many MPs on its lists.[18] ANO is viewed as the front-runner. It has 5 Governors and the highest number of seats in regional councils. According to a poll conducted for ANO 2011, the party would win in most regions with Central Bohemia and Liberec region as the only regions in which ANO wouldn't win.[19]

The party launched its Campaign on 3 September 2020 with the slogans "Shown applies" and "Actions instead of Words." Party hopes that the voters will appreciate its previous work.[20]

Civic Democratic Party (ODS)

Martin Kupka became electoral manager of ODS for regional elections. He is also running for the position of the Governor of the Central Bohemian District. Other Governor Candidates include Martin Červíček former Police President, Martin Kuba and Jiří Nantl. ODS is running with other smaller parties in some regions. Kupka admitted that the Campaign of ODS is influenced by the 2020 coronavirus outbreak in the Czech Republic as restrictions delayed launch of the Campaign and cause it to be focused more on Social media.[21]

ODS launched its campaign on 24 June 2020 with the slogan "Let's put Czechia back on its feet."[22]

Czech Pirate Party (Piráti)

The Czech Pirate Party launched their campaign on 22nd June 2020.[23] It runs under the slogan "Chance to change the Future." The party is running without cooperation with other Parties. Only in Olomouc region are the Pirates running in a coalition with Mayors and Independents.[24]

Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD)

Michal Hašek became the electoral manager of ČSSD on 23 April 2020. He was chosen by the leader of the Party Jan Hamáček.[25]Party holds Governor seats in 5 of 12 regions. Ivana Stráská, Jiří Běhounek, Martin Netolický and Jiří Štěpán seek reelection while Josef Bernard decided to not run for another term as a Candidate of ČSSD[21][26] and instead runs as a Candidate of STAN.[27] The Party decided to form electoral coalitions in regions to mitigate expected losses.[28] According to a poll conducted by ČSSD the party would fail to cross the 5% threshold in 10 of 13 regions.[29] ČSSD formed electoral alliances in Pardubice, Hradec Králové, Moravian-Silesian and Ústí nad Labem regions.[30] The party also has to face challenges from parties that split from the party including Change 2020 led by Jiří Zimola in South Bohemia,[31] Idealists.cz in South Moravia and other regions.[32]

ČSSD launched its campaign on 26 June 2020. The campaign was launched via digital streaming due to 2020 coronavirus outbreak.[33] The campaign uses slogan "People First, campaign later."[34]

On 4 July 2020 the social democratic leadership rejected an electoral alliance with smaller parties in Ústí nad Labem region called Better North. Leaders of regional organisation stated, that despite the decision of the party's leadership they plan to continue with the project. They stated that the party leadership didn't tell reasons for the decision.[35] This led to a split when party leadership decided to submit its own list in Ústí nad Labem region without consulting Ústí nad Labem branch of the ČSSD. Candidates on the list included former MP Jaroslav Krákora or controversial politician Petr Benda who previously ran as a candidate of National Socialists - Left of the 21st century and Workers' Party of Social Justice (DSSS). This list is supported by the For Sport movement. Leader of Ústí nad Labem regional organisation Miroslav Andrt stated that it was an unimaginable leadership in Prague that ignored democratic principles in the party. Regional organisation decided to submit its list Better North to run against ČSSD in the region and ČSSD members on the list suspended their membership in the party.[36] Nomination of Petr Benda was largely criticised due to his previous affiliation with Neo-Nazi DSSS.[37]

Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD)

Freedom and Direct Democracy aims to win 50 seats and participate in governing of at least 2 regions. Election motto is "Honest and working people first and must get more money, safety and justice." Campaign was launched on 11 July 2020.[38]

Mayors and Independents (STAN)

STAN launched its campaign on 31 August 2020 using garlic as a representation of its campaign, noting that garlic has a healing ability. Party leader Vít Rakušan stated, that he believes that Regions need to regenerate.[39]

TOP 09

TOP 09 campaign uses the slogan "Let's move with it." The party decided to form electoral coalitions with other parties in every region.[40]

Tricolour Citizens' Movement (THO)

Tricolour Citizens' Movement runs for its first major election. The party formed coalitions with Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic, Svobodní and INDEPENDENTS. Leaders of the party plan to ride through the country in a van to campaign for the party.[13]

Opinion polls

Date Polling Firm ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS KDU-ČSL STAN PIRÁTI SPD TOP 09 Tricolour Note
31 August 2020 Phoenix Research[41] 32.2 9.1 6.2 15.1 6.6 6.2 16.1 11.8 4.0 1.2 Election potential

Kantar Polls for Czech Television

Note: Election potential

Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS

(with support of Soukromníci,

KČ, KANS, KON)

STAN

(with support of

KDU-ČSL, SNK ED)

Piráti SPD Spojenci pro kraj

(Coalition of TOP 09, Hlas, Zelení)

Tricolour Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Central Bohemian Region 29.5 11 6.5 15 14.5 19 7 9.5 6.2 5.9
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS + KDU-ČSL

(with support of Soukromníci)

STAN + TOP 09 +

KOA + VPM Cheb

Piráti SPD VOK (with support of Karlovaráci) Zdraví Sport Prosperita SNK1
6 September 2020 Karlovy Vary Region 32.5 7 7.5 9.5 11 15.5 10.5 8.5 8 6
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS (with support of TOP 09) STAN (with support of

Zelení, Pro Plzeň)

Piráti SPD KDU-ČSL + Independents Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Plzeň Region 32 8 5 21 11 19.5 7.5 7 6
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS STAN Piráti SPD TOP 09 + KDU-ČSL Jihočeši
6 September 2020 South Bohemian Region 30 11 - 16.5 15 17 6.5 12.5 7.5
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS STAN (with support of Soukromníci, USZ, VÚ) Piráti SPD Spojenci pro kraj

(Coalition of TOP 09, JsmePRO!, Zelení,

SNK ED, LES)

Severočeši.cz Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Ústí nad Labem Region 37.5 8.5 8.5 6.5 10.5 16 9 7 8.5 6
Date Region ANO ČSSD + SproK KSČM ODS + TOP 09 STAN Piráti SPD Koalice pro Pardubický kraj

(Coalition of KDU-ČSL, SNK ED, Independents)

Zelení Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Pardubice Region 30 10.5 6 14.5 14 18.5 7 13 6 5
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS STAN Piráti SPD Společně pro Liberecký kraj

(Coalition of KDU-ČSL, TOP 09ú

Pro KRAJinu

(Coalition of Zelení, LES)

Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Liberec Region 29 8 - 16.5 22 16.5 7 8 5 5
Date Region ANO ČSSD + Zelení + Independents KSČM ODS + STAN + Východočeši TOP 09 + HDK + LES Piráti SPD Koalice pro Královéhradecký kraj

(Coalition of KDU-ČSL, VPM)

Tricolour

(with support of

Soukromníci, Svobodní)

Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Hradec Králové Region 31 10 - 21.5 8.5 21 6 12 7 5.5
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS (with support of

Svobodní, SOpM)

STAN Piráti SPD KDU-ČSL Spolu pro Moravu

(Coalition of TOP 09,

Zelení, MZH, Idealisté, LES)

Moravané
6 September 2020 South Moravian Region 30 10 5.5 8.5 18.5 7 12.5 9 6.5
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS (with support of TOP 09) STAN + Zelení

+ Independents

Piráti SPD KDU-ČSL Starostové pro kraj Tricolour
6 September 2020 Moravian-Silesian Region 40.5 11 6 12 9.5 16 10 6 8 5
Date Region ANO ČSSD KSČM ODS +

Starostové pro občany (with support of Svobodní)

STAN + SNK ED

(with support of Pro Třebíč)

Piráti SPD KDU-ČSL Pro TOP Vysočinu

(Coalition of TOP 09,

KAN, KČ)

6 September 2020 Vysočina Region 30 12 6.5 15.5 13.5 16.5 8 11.5 6.5
Date Region ANO ČSSD (with support of Zelení) KSČM ODS STAN (with support of TOP 09, Nový Impuls, ZHN) Piráti SPD KDU-ČSL Tricolour + Soukromníci + Independents Moravané
6 September 2020 Zlín Region 30.5 8.5 7.5 16 13.5 15.5 9.5 17.5 6 5.5
Date Region ANO ČSSD + Patrioti Olomouckého kraje KSČM ODS STAN + Piráti SPD Spojenci

(Coalition of

KDU-ČSL,

TOP 09, Zelení, ProOlomouc)

Tricolour Moravané Demokratická strana zelených
6 September 2020 Olomouc Region 35.5 9.5 7.5 15 15 10.5 16 6 5.5 5

[42]

Results

Total results

Colour denotes winning party in each district
Votes % Seats
Parliamentary opposition 1,621,879 58.57 402
Government+support 906,199 32.72 228
Others 241,283 8.71 45
Total 2,769,361 100 675
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Party[n 1] Votes individually Votes in coalitions[n 2] Seats Aftermath[43]
Votes % Votes % Seats +/– Coalitions Governors
ANO 2011 604,441 21.82 178 +2
3 / 13
3 / 13
Czech Pirate Party 333,153 12.02 369,702 13.33 99 +94
9 / 13
0
Civic Democratic Party 192,946 6.96 411,825 14.87 99 +23
13 / 13
4 / 13
Mayors and Independents[n 3] 221,005 7.97 405,477 14.64 91 +35
9 / 13
4 / 13
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party 141,477 5.10 252,598 9.12 53 -8
10 / 13
1 / 13
Czech Social Democratic Party 136,427 4.93 185,714 6.68 37 -88
5 / 13
1 / 13
Freedom and Direct Democracy 169,978 6.16 35 +17
0 / 13
0
TOP 09 259,078 9.36 19 0
9 / 13
0
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 131,770 4.75 13 -73
0 / 13
0
Green Party 4,868 0.18 161,064 5.82 6 +1
5 / 13
0
SNK European Democrats 53,624 1.94 5 -1
4 / 13
0
South Bohemians 2012 13,010 0.47 4 0
1 / 13
0
Movement of Independents for Harmonic Development of Municipalities and Cities 5,824 0.21 4 +1
1 / 13
0
Karlovaráci 5,195 0.19 3 +3
1 / 13
0
Association of Independent Candidates 4,353 0.16 3 +3
1 / 13
0
East Bohemians 4,014 0.14 41,668 1.50 3 +1
1 / 13
0
Together for the Region 24,529 0.89 3 +3
1 / 13
0
Hradec Králové Democratic Club 13,891 0.50 3 +2
1 / 13
0
Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic 1,097 0.04 22,804 0.82 2 -1
0 / 13
0
For Olomouc 34,519 1.25 2 +1
1 / 13
0
FOR PLZEŇ 25,881 0.93 2 +1
1 / 13
0
Mayors for the Citizens 21,038 0.76 2 +2
1 / 13
0
Civic Forum of Ústí nad Labem 11,953 0.43 2 +2
0 / 13
0
FOR Most 2 +2
0 / 13
0
Tricolour Citizens' Movement 69,176 2.50 89,601 3.24 1 +1
0 / 13
0
Non-Partisians 44,606 1.61 1 0
1 / 13
0
SOL Movement 37,753 1.36 1 +1
1 / 13
0
Voice 26,420 0.95 1 +1
1 / 13
0
We are FOR! 12,220 0.44 1 +1
1 / 13
0
Other parties 90,610 3.27 0
Invalid/blank votes 35,364
Total 2,804,725 100 675 0 13 13
Registered voters/turnout 7,399,299 37.95
Source: Volby.cz

Regions

Region ANO ODS Pirates STAN KDU-ČSL ČSSD SPD TOP 09 KSČM Greens Other Total Coalition[a] Governor Party
Central Bohemian 15 16 12 18 [n 4] N/A N/A 2 N/A 1 1 65 STAN-ODS-Pirates-TOP 09-Greens-Voice Petra Pecková STAN
South Bohemian 12 12 9 5 4 6 N/A 3 N/A N/A 4 55 ODS-ČSSD-KDU ČSL-TOP 09-JIH 12 Martin Kuba ODS
Plzeň 12 9 7 4 N/A 3 3 2 2 1 2 45 ODS-Pirates-STAN-TOP 09-Greens Ilona Mauritzová ODS
Karlovy Vary 13 2 6 7 2 N/A 4 1 N/A N/A 10 45 STAN-Pirates-ODS-KDU ČSL-TOP 09-Local movements Petr Kulhánek STAN
Ústí nad Labem 17 8 6 7 [n 5] N/A 5 1 4 1 6 55 ANO-ODS-TOP 09-Greens-SNK ED-JP! Jan Schiller ANO
Liberec 10 5 5 22 N/A N/A 3 N/A N/A N/A N/A 45 SLK-Pirates-ODS Martin Půta STAN
Hradec Králové 12 6 7 3 4 4 2 1 N/A N/A 6 45 ODS-Pirates-KDU ČSL-STAN-VČ-HDK-TOP 09 Martin Červíček ODS
Pardubice 11 6 7 4 4 5 N/A 2 N/A N/A 6 45 ODS-ČSSD-KDU ČSL-STAN-TOP 09-SNK ED Martin Netolický ČSSD
Vysočina 10 5 7 4 6 6 N/A N/A 3 N/A 4 45 Pirates-KDU ČSL-ČSSD-ODS-STAN-SNK ED Vítězslav Schrek ODS
South Moravian 15 9 10 6 11 4 4 4 N/A 1 1 65 KDU ČSL-Pirates-ODS-STAN Jan Grolich KDU-ČSL
Olomouc 18 7 8 5 6 N/A 5 2 N/A 2 2 55 Pirates-ODS-KDU ČSL-STAN-TOP 09-Greens Josef Suchánek STAN
Zlín 9 5 6 6 9 4 3 [n 6] N/A [n 7] 3 45 ANO-Pirates-ODS-ČSSD-Greens Radim Holiš ANO
Moravian-Silesian 24 9 9 N/A 7 5 6 1 4 N/A N/A 65 ANO-ODS-KDU ČSL-ČSSD-TOP 09 Ivo Vondrák ANO
Total 178 99 99 91 53 37 35 19 13 6 45 675
In government 3 13 9 8 8+2 5 0 9+1 0 4+1 7 13

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