2009 European Parliament election in the Czech Republic

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2009 European Parliament election in the Czech Republic
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
  2004 5–6 June 2009 2014  

22 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout28.22%
 First partySecond partyThird party
  JanZahradil.jpg Jiri Havel.jpg Miroslav Ransdorf (2), EP election campaign, Brno.jpg
Leader Jan Zahradil Jiří Havel Miloslav Ransdorf
Party ODS ČSSD KSČM
Alliance AECR PES GUE/NGL
Seats won974
Seat change0 Steady2.svg5 Increase2.svg2 Decrease2.svg
Popular vote741,946528,132334,577
Percentage31.4522.38%14.18%
Swing1.41% Increase2.svg13.61% Increase2.svg6.08% Decrease2.svg

 Fourth party
  Zuzana Roithova.jpg
Leader Zuzana Roithová
Party KDU-ČSL
Alliance EPP
Seats won2
Seat change2 Steady2.svg
Popular vote180,451
Percentage8.64%
Swing1.92 Decrease2.svg
Result by district (ODS Blue, CSSD orange) Evropsky parlament 2009.png
Result by district (ODS Blue, ČSSD orange)

The European Parliament election of 2009 in Czech Republic was the election of the delegation from Czech Republic to the European Parliament in 2009. The Civic Democratic Party has won the election with a surprisingly strong lead against the Czech Social Democratic Party. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia came third and the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party became the last party to enter the Parliament. [1]

Contents

Two newly founded right-wing parties, the Czech wing Libertas.cz of Declan Ganley's Libertas founded by Vladimír Železný and the Party of Free Citizens, ran in the election. [2]

Background

Previous election was held in 2004. It was won by the Civic Democratic Party that won 30% of votes ahead of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia which received 20% of the votes. Czech Social Democratic Party of Prime Minister Vladimír Špidla was heavily defeated receiving only 9% of votes finishing fourth. [3] Špidle resigned after the election. [4]

Civic Democrats joined European People's Party group after the election as a member of European Democrats. [5] ODS the cooperated with British Conservative Party to establish new Eurosceptic faction within European Parliament. [6]

2004 Seats

PartyEP GroupSeats
ODSEPP-ED9
KSČMGUE-NGL6
SNK EDEPP-ED3
ČSSDS&D2
KDU-ČSLEPP-ED2
NEZÁVISLÍIND/DEM2

Procedure

The 22 of Czech delegation in the European parliament are elected using open list proportional representation, in which they can give preferential votes for up to two candidates on their chosen list. Seats are allocated using the d'Hondt method, with an electoral threshold of 5% nationwide for single parties. Candidates who receive preferential votes from more than 5% of voters are moved to the top of their list, and in cases where more than one candidate receives over 5% of the preferential votes, they are ranked in order of votes received.

Campaign

Politician rallyes in the central part of Prague few days before elections of European Parliament for 2009-2013 term Praha, Nove Mesto, Na Prikope, predvolebni kampan.JPG
Politician rallyes in the central part of Prague few days before elections of European Parliament for 2009–2013 term

Civic Democratic Party

First candidates were introduced on 9 February 2009. Jan Zahradil became electoral leader. Other candidates included Evžen Tošenovský, Oldřich Vlasák etg. Party also launched its election website on the same day. Zahradil stated that ODS will be forced to use negative campaign as reaction to strateg of its opponents. [7] Remaining candidates were introduced on 16 March 2009. [8]

Campaign of Civic Democratic Party (ODS) was launched by electoral leader Jan Zahradil on 13 February 2009. [9] ODS stated that it would invest 40 million CZK to the campaign. [10]

ODS started negative campaign against ČSSD as response to Social Democratic campaigns from previous years. [7] [11] Civic Democrats founded Blue Team to help the party with campaign.

The Civic Democratic Party was active on internet and used social media during its campaign while its main rival and election front-runner Social Democratic Party underestimated internet campaign and Civic Democrats got to lead as a result. [12]

Czech Social Democratic Party

ČSSD planned to invest 30 million CZK. [13] Czech Social Democratic Party was led by Jiří Havel. Party decided to focus on Financial crisis and domestic issues during its campaign. [13] Social Democratic Party was considered front-runner as it was leading in polls but the lead narrowed as the election date was getting closer. The Civic Democratic Party was active on internet and used social media during its campaign and eventually. Social Democrats on the other hand underestimated internet campaign and Civic Democrats got to lead as a result. [14]

Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia

Miloslav Ransdorf was announced as electoral leader on 18 September 2008. [15]

Christian and Democratic Union – People's Party

Christian Democrats launched election campaign on 9 March 2009. [16] They introduced their candidates on 20 March 2009. [17]

Green Party

Greens voted Jan Dusík as its electoral leader on 28 February 2009. [18]

EP list leaders

Campaign Finances

Party ČSSD ODS KSČM KDU-ČSL
Money Spent [19] 60,000,000 Kč40,000,000 Kč17,000,000 Kč2,500,000 Kč

Debates

2009 European Parliament election in the Czech Republic debates
DateOrganisers P Present   A Absent  
ODS ČSSD KSČM KDU–ČSL
2 JuneČeská televize [20] P
Jan Zahradil
P
Jiří Havel
P
Miloslav Ransdorf
P
Zuzana Roithová

Opinion polls

Polling FirmDate ODS KSČM KDU–ČSL ČSSD SZ STAN OthersUndecided
CVVM [21] 2 – 9 March 200931%12.5%5%29%6.5%N/A3%13%
STEM [22] 12–13 March 200923%10%N/A30%N/AN/AN/AN/A
CVVM [23] 30 March – 6 April 200926%13%6%28%5.5%N/A4.5%17%
STEM [24] 21 April 200927.6%14.5%6.6%30.3%6.6%5.3%9.1%N/A
STEM [25] 5 May 200925%11.4%7.2%30.9%6%N.A.%6.4%13.1%
CVVM [26] 4–11 May 200933.0%13.5%5.5%25.5%5.0%N/A6.5%10.0%
STEM [27] 5–12 May 200920.9%8.9%5.5%24.2%3.1%N.A.%11.9%25.5%
CVVM [28] 25 May 200936.5%15.5%6.5%28.0%5.5%N.A.%8%
UPOL [29] 25 May 200929.1%14.8%5.5%29.8%2.9%3.3%3.5%
STEM/SC&C [30] 26 May 200931.0%13.0%8.0%27.0%4.0%2.0%15.0%
Election5 June 200931.5%14.2%7.6%22.4%2.1%2.3%19.9%0%

Media survey

SurveyDate ODS SSO DSSS KDU-ČSL DSZ STAN SNK-ED< ČSSD Others
iDnes [31] [32] 4 May 200924.517.26.04.54.34.12.42.3

Results

The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) has won the election with 30% and 9 seats. Party's chairman Mirek Topolánek stated that the election showed that ODS is once again an equal rival to Social Democrats. Czech Social Democratic Party finished second with 22% of votes and 6 seats. Party was dissatisfied with the result as it expected a better result. Chairman Jiří Paroubek stated that party was damaged by low turnout but noted that it is improvement as the party received only 8.8% in 2004 election. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia considered the result as an improvement from 2006 parliamentary election. Christian and Democratic Union – People's Party was pleased with the result as the party showed stable support. Other parties failed to reach 5% threshold. Green Party received only 2% of votes. Chairman Martin Bursík decided to resign as a result. Czech Sovereignty led by MEP Jana Bobošíková received 4% and narrowly failed to win any seats. [33]

Summary of the results of the Czech Republic's 5 June 2009 election to the European Parliament
European Parliament 2009 Czech result.svg
National partyEuropean partyMain candidateVotes %+/–Seats+/–
Civic Democratic Party (ODS) AECR Jan Zahradil 741,94631.451.41 Increase2.svg90 Steady2.svg
Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) PES Jiří Havel 528,13222.3813.61 Increase2.svg75 Increase2.svg
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) PEL (observer) Miloslav Ransdorf 334,57714.186.08 Decrease2.svg42 Decrease2.svg
Christian and Democratic Union – People's Party (KDU–ČSL) EPP Zuzana Roithová 180,4517.641.92 Decrease2.svg20 Steady2.svg
Sovereignty Jana Bobošíková 100,5144.2600 Steady2.svg
European Democratic Party (EDS)None Jana Hybášková 68,1522.8800 Steady2.svg
Public Affairs (VV) Kateřina Klasnová 56,6362.4000 Steady2.svg
Mayors and Independents – Your Option Jaromír Štětina 53,9842.2800 Steady2.svg
Green Party (SZ) EGP Jan Dusík 48,6212.061.10 Decrease2.svg00 Steady2.svg
SNK European Democrats (SNK ED) Lukáš Macek 39,1661.669.36 Decrease2.svg03 Decrease2.svg
Party of Free Citizens (Svobodní) Jiří Payne 29,8461.2600 Steady2.svg
Workers' Party (DS) Tomáš Vandas 25,3681.070.89 Increase2.svg00 Steady2.svg
Right Bloc (PB) Petr Cibulka 23,6121.000.17 Decrease2.svg00 Steady2.svg
Libertas.cz Libertas.eu Vladimír Železný 22,2430.9400 Steady2.svg
Party for Dignified Life Stanislav Jaš17,0610.7200 Steady2.svg
Democratic Party of Greens Olga Zubova 14,7610.6300 Steady2.svg
INDEPENDENTS IN/DEM Roman Škrabánek12,8240.547.64 Decrease2.svg02 Decrease2.svg
Moravané EFA Jiří Novotný9,0860.3900 Steady2.svg
Rally for the Republic – Republican Party of Czechoslovakia Miroslav Sládek 7,4920.320.35 Decrease2.svg00 Steady2.svg
Nejen hasiči a živnostníci s učiteli do Evropy - www.hnpd.cz, www.sdzp.czJan Szotkowski6,9040.2900 Steady2.svg
National Party Petra Edelmannová6,2630.2700 Steady2.svg
Humanist Party Jan Tamáš4,5840.190.02 Increase2.svg00 Steady2.svg
Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic Jiří Pekárek4,5440.1900 Steady2.svg
Koruna Česká Václav Srb4,4490.19Steady2.svg00 Steady2.svg
GREENSNeela Winkelmannová3,7170.1600 Steady2.svg
Balbín Poetic Party Jiří Hrdina3,7110.160.43 Decrease2.svg00 Steady2.svg
Czech National Socialist Party Ivan Šterzl3,2690.1400 Steady2.svg
Liberals.cz Milan Hamerský1,7750.0800 Steady2.svg
United Democrats - Association of Independents 1,5010.0600 Steady2.svg
Party of Free Democrats Petr Plaček1,4230.0600 Steady2.svg
Democracy and Freedom PartyOta Štros9860.0400 Steady2.svg
Czech National Social Party Zdeněk Joukl7910.0300 Steady2.svg
People and PoliticsKarel Kučera5450.0200 Steady2.svg
Valid votes2,358,93499.49
Blank and invalid votes12,0750.51
Totals2,371,009100.00222 Decrease2.svg
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout8,401,37428.220.10 Decrease2.svg
Source: Czech Statistical Office

European groups

European groupSeats 2004Seats 2009Change
European Conservatives and Reformists ECR990 Steady2.svg
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats S&D275 Increase2.svg
European United Left–Nordic Green Left EUL-NGL642 Decrease2.svg
European People's Party EPP523 Decrease2.svg
Independence/Democracy IND/DEM202 Decrease2.svg
24222 Decrease2.svg

Elected MEPs

NumMEPSexPartyEP GroupPeriodPref. Votes
1. Evžen Tošenovský MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 2014104,737
2. Jan Zahradil MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 201465,731
3. Miloslav Ransdorf MaleKSČMGUE-NGL14 July 2009 – 30 June 201461,453
4. Jiří Havel MaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 8 July 201259,818
5. Zuzana Roithová FemaleKDU–ČSLEPP14 July 2009 – 30 June 201452,503
6. Richard Falbr MaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 30 June 201444,703
7. Vladimír Remek MaleKSČMGUE-NGL14 July 2009 – 15 December 201340,650
8. Jan Březina MaleKDU–ČSLEPP14 July 2009 – 30 June 201423,154
9. Libor Rouček MaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 30 June 201419,771
10. Hynek Fajmon MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 201416,041
11. Andrea Češková FemaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 201414,477
12. Oldřich Vlasák MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 201411,744
13. Edvard Kožušník MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 201411,567
14. Miroslav Ouzký MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 20149,869
15. Olga Sehnalová FemaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 30 June 20149,386
16. Jiří Maštálka MaleKSČMGUE-NGL14 July 2009 – 30 June 20148,181
17. Zuzana Brzobohatá FemaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 30 June 20147,736
18. Milan Cabrnoch MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 20147,143
19. Ivo Strejček MaleODSECR14 July 2009 – 30 June 20146,071
20. Jaromír Kohlíček MaleKSČMGUE-NGL14 July 2009 – 30 June 20145,719
21. Pavel Poc MaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 30 June 20144,814
22. Robert Dušek MaleČSSDS&D14 July 2009 – 30 June 20144,042
Source: [34]

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