Polling stations are open today from 14:00 to 22:00, continuing from 08:00 to 14:00 on Saturday. The main results could be known by Saturday midnight. The complete voting results, especially in the case of municipal elections, will probably be available only on Sunday morning. Among the first voters today were President Miloš Zeman and Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS).
President Miloš Zeman cast his vote at a school in Lány. He mentioned that these elections could be, among other things, a referendum on the government. According to him, voters should go to the polls so that their municipalities are not run by “idiots”, he told journalists. Today, Zeman had his first election as a voter in Lány, until now he was a citizen of Prague 13. “Long live the elections, long live the candidates I chose,” Zeman said after casting his vote. He did not reveal who he voted for.
Prime Minister Petr Fiala voted in Brno, he wants the ODS to keep its positions after the municipal elections, namely six mayors and 180 mayors. “I make no secret of the fact that I would like to create coalitions on the government’s plan in cities where possible. We want to prevent the strengthening of the influence of populists and extremists,” said the head of the ODS. The government includes the Spolu coalition (ODS, KDU-ČSL and TOP 09) as well as STAN and the Pirates. In the Senate, Fiala wants to maintain the majority for the democratic parties and for Miloš Vystrčil (ODS) to defend his mandate and be able to continue to be the chairman of the Senate. According to Fiala, people should go to the polls and vote for politicians they know and see their work, he said while casting his vote.
Leaders of other parliamentary parties also cast their votes today. The president of TOP 09 and the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, believes in defending the mandates that the Together in Municipalities coalition has. According to her, municipal elections are not a referendum on the government, as the head of the ANO opposition movement Andrej Babiš claims, but a choice between populism and competence. According to the chairman of the KDU-ČSL, deputy prime minister and minister of labor and social affairs, Marian Jurečka, the current election is about holding town halls to account, not the government. From the point of view of the KDU-ČSL, Jurečka will consider winning again in the municipal and senate elections as an electoral success. The Pirates want to defend at least 350 representative mandates, the head of the Pirates and Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization and Minister for Regional Development Ivan Bartoš told journalists. STAN wants to succeed in the municipal elections in all regional towns. The Chairman of STAN, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan will consider it a success if the candidates reach the councils of more than seven regional cities. In Prague, where the movement has undergone changes since June in connection with the Dozimetr corruption case, they believe in a profit of over eight percent. The Austrian cast his vote in Cologne, for the first time this year he is not running for council. He led Kolín as mayor from 2010 to 2019.
According to its leader Andrej Babiš, the opposition movement ANO should improve its results in the big cities in the current municipal elections, he believes that it has a good starting position in Prague, for example. During the election at the municipal office in Průhonice near Prague, he recalled that it was the first election after the parliamentary elections, which gave rise to the current government coalition of five. According to him, people can issue a bill to the current cabinet at the same time. After casting his vote in Prague 6, the chairman of the Freedom and Direct Democracy (SPD) Tomio Okamura reiterated that the elections will be a referendum on the government. Since no SPD candidate is running in the senate elections in his constituency, he expressed his disagreement with government policy by invalidating the ballot on which he chose the current senator for Prague 6, Jiří Růžička (Together). But according to TOP 09, Okamura’s vote is valid for their candidate.
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, regional police spokesman Daniel Vítek told ČTK. 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 in the 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 almost 50 people from the list of voters, the chairman of the electoral commission said today that he will let them vote as well. Mayor Lenka Nováková (Open to everyone) told ČTK that she informed the State Election Commission about the current situation regarding the admission of excluded voters.
Along with the elections for municipal councils and a third of the Senate, local referenda started today in 14 municipalities. In them, people most often decide on housing construction, but they are also supposed to comment on the rental of a pond, the possible creation of a smaller zoo, the construction of an incinerator or the extraction of gravel and sand. According to data on the website of the Ministry of the Interior, referendums are to be held in 13 municipalities. The list does not include the village of Kalek in the Chomutovsk region, but the mayor of the village Tomáš Nedvěd confirmed to ČTK today that the referendum is being held in the village. Referendums also continue on Saturday, their results will be published by the municipality after the results have been tallied on their official boards.
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