1996 Czech legislative election

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1996 Czech legislative election
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
  1992 31 May and 1 June 1996 1998  

All 200 seats in the Chamber of Deputies
101 seats needed for a majority
 First partySecond partyThird party
  Vaclav Klaus headshot.jpg Milos Zeman.jpg Miroslav Grebenicek (4).jpg
Leader Václav Klaus Miloš Zeman Miroslav Grebeníček
Party ODS ČSSD KSČM
Seats won686122
Seat changeDecrease2.svg8Increase2.svg45Decrease2.svg13
Popular vote1,794,5601,602,250626,136
Percentage29.62%26.44%10.33%
SwingDecrease2.svg0.11 pp Increase2.svg19.91 pp Decrease2.svg3.72 pp

 Fourth partyFifth partySixth party
  Josef Lux 01.jpg Miroslav Sladek.jpg Jan Kalvoda 1993.jpg
Leader Josef Lux Miroslav Sládek Jan Kalvoda
Party KDU-ČSL SPR–RSČ ODA
Seats won181813
Seat changeIncrease2.svg3Increase2.svg4Decrease2.svg1
Popular vote489,349485,072385,369
Percentage8.08%8.016.36
SwingIncrease2.svg1.80 pp Increase2.svg2.03 pp Increase2.svg0.43 pp

Czech legislative election, 1996.svg
Districts won by respective parties

Prime Minister before election

Václav Klaus
ODS

Prime Minister after election

Václav Klaus
ODS

Parliamentary elections were held in the Czech Republic on 31 May and 1 June 1996, [1] the first after independence. The result was a victory for the Civic Democratic Party, which won 68 of the 200 seats. Voter turnout was 76.3%. [2]

Contents

Campaign

The campaign was primarily a conflict between the right-wing ODS and left-wing ČSSD. The ODS used slogans "Freedom and Prosperity" and "We proved that we can." ČSSD used slogan "Humanity against selfishness." ČSSD used an autobus called "Zemák" during its campaign. Party's leader Miloš Zeman campaigned with it at multiple places over the Czech Republic. ODS on the other hand used endorsements of public celebrities such as Lucie Bílá. Both parties used meetings with voters as their campaign instrument. [3]

Finances

PartyMoney spent (Kč)
Civic Democratic Party 127,000,000
Czech Social Democratic Party 80,000,000
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party 55,000,000
Civic Democratic Alliance 40,000,000
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 8,000,000
Source: České Noviny

Opinion polls

Graph of opinion polls conducted
DatePolling firm ODS ČSSD KSČM KDU-ČSL SPR-RSČ ODA DŽJ DEU SD-LSNS LB Others
31 May–1 JuneElection results29.626.410.38.18.06.43.12.82.11.41.8
May 1996STEM [4] 24.019.310.38.77.19.1n/an/an/an/a
4–7 May 1996IVVM [5] 21.817.77.37.15.85.82.82.31.93.3
AprilIVVM25.515.56.28.95.06.81.91.41.94.5
MarchIVVM25.515.36.06.74.78.11.21.71.94.2
FebruaryIVVM24.715.96.59.14.48.10.91.23.23.8
JanuaryIVVM27.217.37.16.74.76.60.70.82.04.7

Results

PartyVotes%Seats+/–
Civic Democratic Party 1,794,56029.6268
Czech Social Democratic Party 1,602,25026.4461+45
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 626,13610.3322–13
KDU-ČSL 489,3498.0818+3
SPR-RSČ 485,0728.0118+4
Civic Democratic Alliance 385,3696.3613–1
Pensioners for Life Security 187,4553.0900
Democratic Union 169,7962.800New
Free Democrats – Liberal National Social Party 124,1652.050New
Left Bloc85,1221.400New
Independents 30,1250.500New
Moravian Centre Union27,4900.450New
HSMSMNSJ25,1980.420New
Moravian National Party16,5800.270New
Party of the Democratic Left 7,7400.130New
Czech Right2,8080.050New
Total6,059,215100.002000
Valid votes6,059,21599.39
Invalid/blank votes37,1890.61
Total votes6,096,404100.00
Registered voters/turnout7,990,77076.29
Source: Nohlen & Stöver

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