2016 Czech Senate election

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2016 Czech Senate election
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  2014 7–8 October 2016 (first round)
14–15 October 2016 (second round)
27–28 January 2017 (Most)
 First partySecond partyThird party
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Leader Pavel Bělobrádek Petr Fiala Andrej Babiš
Seats won643
1st round74,709
2nd round78,448

 Fourth partyFifth partySixth party
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Leader Bohuslav Sobotka Miroslav Kalousek Petr Gazdík
Seats won222
1st round128,830
2nd round55,622
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Senate elections were held in the Czech Republic on 7 and 8 October 2016, with a second round on 14 and 15 of October. The first round was held alongside regional elections [1] and several municipal referendums, notably in a referendum in Brno on the location of the town's train station.


The governing coalition of the Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD), ANO 2011 and the Christian and Democratic Union (KDU-ČSL) retained a majority in the full Senate, with the KDU-ČSL making the largest gains, [2] while the Social Democrats incurred the greatest losses, retaining only two of their twelve seats up for re-election. ANO 2011 won the first round with fourteen candidates advancing, but only three of them were elected, which was a disappointment to the party. [3] The most successful opposition party was the centre-right Civic Democratic Party. It had 6 candidates advancing and four of them elected (including Zdeněk Nytra who ran as independent). [4] [5]

Electoral system

One third of the 81-member Senate is elected every two years, giving Senators six year terms. The seats are elected in single-member constituencies using the two-round system. [6]


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 2016 Czech Republic elections in Olomouc.jpg
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
Party [7] First roundSecond roundSeats
Votes%Votes%WonNot upTotal+/–
ANO 2011 151,38817.1892,05121.71347+3
Czech Social Democratic Party 128,83014.6255,62213.1222325–10
Civic Democratic Party 103,21611.7142,55110.03369–5
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 83,7419.505,7371.350110
KDU-ČSL 74,7098.4878,44818.506814+4
TOP 09 70,6538.0230,8207.27202+1
Mayors and Independents 43,2344.9125,3895.99235+1
Green Party 18,7982.1312,5652.96134+1
Mayors for Liberec Region 18,6982.1216,5793.91112+1
Dawn - National Coalition 16,0781.820000
Severočeši.cz 14,9011.6913,3773.152020
Citizens Together – Independent 12,8921.4610,8042.55101+1
Freeholder Party 11,0931.260110
APAČI 20178,7140.990000
Czech Pirate Party 7,3520.830110
Patriotic Citizens6,4240.738,9662.11101+1
Tábor 20206,3580.720000
Freedom and Direct Democracy 5,9880.680000
Moravané 5,3940.610000
Movement for Prague 114,7020.539,6392.27101+1
Party of Civic Rights 4,6180.520110
Party of Free Citizens 4,5680.520000
Koruna Česká 3,3050.380000
For Prague3,0330.340000
New future for the Liberec Region2,0030.230000
Independent Candidates to the Senate1,9620.220000
Ústecká Citizens' Forum1,9610.220000
SNK European Democrats 1,8820.210000
SPR-RSČ 1,8120.210000
Order of Nation 1,7230.200000
Association of Independent Candidates 11,6850.190000
South City – Our Home1,5600.180000
Workers' Party 1,1270.130000
National Democracy 8300.090000
Czech Republic Patriots6320.070000
Czechoslovak Community Party5540.060000
New Direction5510.060000
Czech National Socialist Party 1330.020000
Invalid/blank votes41,3233,434
Registered voters/turnout [8] 2,780,70633.172,780,59715.38
Source: Volby.cz (results), Volby.cz (turnout)

Re-run in Most

On 10 November the results in Most District were annulled due to the illegitimacy of Alena Dernerová's candidature. [9] A re-run of the vote was organised for 27–28 January 2017, in which Dernerová was elected in the first round. [10] [11] Voter turnout was only 12%. [12]

Alena Dernerová United Democrats - Association of Independents 5,93354.90
Jiří Šlégr Czech Social Democratic Party 1,70015.73
Josef Nétek Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 7977.37
Roman Ziegler ANO 2011 7236.69
Jiří Biolek Mayors and Independents 6395.91
Libuše Hrdinová Civic Democratic Party 4444.10
Jiří Maria Sieber Order of Nation 2462.27
Zbyněk Vodák TOP 09 1951.80
Jiří FialaCommon Sense Party1281.18

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  7. Name of "nominating party" (navrhující strana).
  8. Turnout calculated by dividing number of votes cast; Czech Statistical Office present figures summing up of all voters who had signed the voter register and get ballot envelopes (vydané obálky), even if they did not cast their votes.
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