2018 Czech Senate election

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2018 Czech Senate election
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  2016 5–6 October 2018 (first round)
12–13 October 2018 (second round)
2020  

27 of the 81 seats in the Senate
 First partySecond partyThird party
  Petr Fiala 2019 Praha.jpg Praha, Narodni trida, 17 listopadu 2017, Petr Gazdik (cropped).jpg Belobradek (cropped).jpg
Leader Petr Fiala Petr Gazdík Pavel Bělobrádek
Party ODS STAN KDU-ČSL
Seats won1052
First round163,630
15.02%
79,025
7.25%
99,383
9.12%
Second round116,376
27.86%
47,317
11.33%
34,833
8.34%

 Fourth partyFifth partySixth party
  A Babis Praha 2015.JPG Hamacek Danko (cropped).jpg Ivan Bartos portrait June 28, 2017.jpg
Leader Andrej Babiš Jan Hamáček Ivan Bartoš
Party ANO ČSSD Pirates
Seats won111
First round147,477
13.53%
100,478
9.22%
66,281
6.08%
Second round57,500
13.76%
33,887
8.11%
17,528
4.20%

Senate elections were held in the Czech Republic on 5 and 6 October 2018 alongside municipal elections, with a second round held on 12 and 13 October 2018. The Conservative Civic Democratic Party (ODS) won the election with 10 seats. Governing parties ANO 2011 and the Czech Social Democratic Party were heavily defeated, winning only 1 seat each. The Communist Party lost its last seat in the Senate when Václav Homolka failed to be re-elected, meaning the party would be without representation in the Senate for the first time in the history of Czech Republic. The election was considered the first major win for the opposition to Andrej Babiš' Cabinet. Commentators including Josef Kopecký also noted ODS confirmed their position as the main opposition party, ahead of the Czech Pirate Party. [1] [2] [3] [4]

Contents

Electoral system

One-third of the 81-member Senate is elected every two years, giving Senators six year terms. Members of the Senate are elected in single-member constituencies using the two-round system. [5]

Composition of contested seats prior to the elections

NameIdeologyLeaderSeats
Czech Social Democratic Party Social democracy Jan Hamáček
13 / 27
Civic Democratic Party Conservatism Petr Fiala
4 / 27
KDU-ČSL Christian democracy Pavel Bělobrádek
2 / 27
Mayors and Independents Localism Petr Gazdík
2 / 27
Independents
2 / 27
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia Communism Vojtěch Filip
1 / 27
Pirates Pirate politics Ivan Bartoš
1 / 27
Green Party Green politics Petr Štěpánek
1 / 27

List of contested districts

DistrictIncumbentStanding for reelection
2 - Sokolov Zdeněk Berka (ČSSD)No
5- Chomutov Václav Homolka (KSČM)Yes
8 - Rokycany Milada Emmerová (ČSSD)Yes
11 - Domažlice Jan Látka (ČSSD)Yes
14 - České Budějovice Jiří Šesták (STAN)Yes
17 - Prague 12 Tomáš Grulich (ODS)No
20 - Prague 4 Eva Syková (ČSSD)Yes
23 - Prague 8 Daniela Filipiová (ODS)No
26 - Prague 2 Libor Michálek (Piráti)Yes
29 - Litoměřice Hassan Mezian (ČSSD)No
32 - Teplice Jaroslav Kubera (ODS)Yes
35 - Jablonec nad Nisou Jaroslav Zeman (ODS)Yes
38 - Mladá Boleslav Jaromír Jermář (ČSSD)No
41 - Benešov Luděk Jeništa (TOP 09)No
44 - Chrudim Jan Veleba (SPOZ)No
47 - Mladá Boleslav Lubomír Franc (ČSSD)No
50 - Svitavy Radko Martínek (ČSSD)No
53 - Třebíč František Bublan (ČSSD)No
56 - Břeclav Jan Hajda (ČSSD)Deceased prior to election
59 - Brno-City Eliška Wagnerová (Zelení)No
62 - Prostějov Božena Sekaninová (ČSSD)Yes
65 - Šumperk Zdeněk Brož (KDU–ČSL)Yes
68 - Opava Vladimír Plaček (ČSSD)Deceased prior to election
71 - Ostrava-City Leopold Sulovský (Ostravak)Yes
74 - Karviná Petr Vícha (ČSSD)Yes

Campaign

The Senate election campaign ran parallel to the campaign for the municipal elections. [6]

ANO 2011 launched their campaign on 3 September 2018. Babiš said that ANO was offering many highly qualified candidates, including Ivan Pilný and Eva Syková. [7]

The Czech Social Democratic Party launched their campaign on 5 September 2018, focused on social issues.[ which? ] [8]

The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) launched their campaign on 7 September 2018. Petr Fiala stated that the election would be a conflict of two worlds, with ODS representing the world of experienced candidates and ANO 2011 representing the world of repeated restarts. [9]

Election forecast

MediaDate ANO ODS Piráti SPD KSČM ČSSD KDU–ČSL TOP 09 STAN OthersNotes
Election12–13 Oct 201811010012156
Reflex [10] 10 Oct 20183800022244
Aktuálně.cz [11] 10 Oct 20181710024156
Eurozprávy.cz [12] 7 Oct 20182610024145
1st round
Referendum [13] [14] [15] 2 Oct 20185510134144
Hospodářské noviny [16] 30 Sep 20185310044145based on betting odds
Novinky.cz [17] 11 Sep 20184410054135based on betting odds

Campaign finances

PartyMoney SpentSource
ANO 2011 18,700,000 CZK [18]
Civic Democratic Party 15,600,000 CZK [19]
Freedom and Direct Democracy 12,700,000 CZK [20]
Czech Social Democratic Party 12,300,000 CZK [21]
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party 10,200,000 CZK [22]
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 7,000,000 CZK [23]
Mayors and Independents 6,900,000 CZK [24]
TOP 09 6,300,000 CZK [25]
Czech Pirate Party 5,600,000 CZK [26]

Results

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

The Civic Democratic Party (ODS) was the most successful party in the first round, with 11 candidates proceeding to the second round. ANO 2011 had 10 candidates proceeding. [12]

Senate of the Czech Republic 2018 Election Result.svg
Nominating partyFirst roundSecond roundSeats
Votes%SeatsVotes%SeatsWonNot upTotal+/–
Civic Democratic Party 163,63015.020116,37627.861010616+7
ANO 2011 147,47713.53057,50013.7611670
Czech Social Democratic Party 100,4789.22033,8878.11111213–12
KDU-ČSL 99,3839.12134,8338.34121416+2
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia 80,3717.3803,5780.860000–1
Mayors and Independents 79,0257.25147,31711.3345510+5
Freedom and Direct Democracy 70,1106.4300000
Czech Pirate Party 66,2816.08017,5284.2011010
TOP 09 41,9803.85022,5805.401123+1
Senator 21 33,8603.11024,2505.801156New
Marek Hilšer for Senate15,0451.38011,9032.851101New
Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic 12,2651.1307,1761.7200110
For Health11,1801.030000New
Realists 8,4070.770000New
Party of Common Sense 7,1860.6600000
Ostravak 6,1780.5704,9061.1711010
Movement for Prague 114,9800.4600110
New Future for Liberec Region4,7440.4400000
SNK European Democrats 4,4460.4100000
Czech National Social Party 4,4380.410000New
Pévéčko3,4250.310000New
Czech Sovereignty 3,3000.300000New
Party of Civic Rights 3,2860.300000–1
Party of Free Citizens 2,8840.2600000
Moravian Country Movement2,6410.240000New
Ordinary Citizens2,0100.180000New
Green Party 1,8180.170011–1
Moravian and Silesian Pirate Party1,7890.160000New
Moravané 1,4840.1400000
Koruna Česká 1,4430.1300000
Patriots of the Czech Republic1,3690.130000New
NE-VOLIM1,3460.120000New
Order of the Nation 1,1720.1100000
Independents 1,0610.1000000
Club of Committed Non-Party Members 1,0010.090000New
Alternative for Czechia 20177940.070000New
Party of State of Direct Democracy4990.050000New
Citizens of the Czech Republic4910.050000New
Alliance of National Forces 3900.040000New
Enough is Enough2580.020000New
Roma Democratic Party2160.020000New
Nation Together410.000000New
Independents95,5078.76035,9388.603314+2
Total1,089,689100.002417,772100.00252754810
Valid votes1,089,68995.90417,77299.49
Invalid/blank votes46,5734.102,1510.51
Total votes1,136,262100.00419,923100.00
Registered voters/turnout2,743,74541.412,547,48816.48
Source: Volby

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