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Czech Republic

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Senate

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Election results

Data on parliamentary elections, including the background, candidates, voter turnout, results and the formation of the new legislature. By default the latest election results are displayed. Select a date to view results from previous elections

Background

Election date(s) The date when elections started and ended for directly or indirectly elected parliaments/chambers. The date of appointments for appointed parliaments/chambers.
05.10.2018 to 13.10.2018
Timing of election Timing of election: Upon normal expiry; Early elections; Delayed elections
Upon normal expiry
Expected date of next elections The expected date at which the next elections should take place, based on law or practice.
31.10.2020
Number of seats at stake Number of seats contested at the elections. Where the parliament/chamber is fully renewed, this number is usually identical to the statutory number of members. Where the parliament/chamber is partially renewed or appointed, the number of seats at stake is usually less than the total number of members.
27
Scope of elections Scope of elections: Full renewal; Partial renewal.
Partial renewal

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
236
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
194
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
42
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
17.8%
Number of parties contesting the election This field may include either the number of parties contesting the election, or the number of coalitions/electoral alliance.
53
Notes
53 parties and coalitions

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
2,743,745
Votes Number of people who actually voted
1,159,603
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
42.26%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
The opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS, led by Mr. Petr Fiala) took 10 of the 27 seats at stake, holding 15 seats in the 81-member Senate. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš' ANO party and its ally, the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD, led by former Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Jan Hamáček), won just one seat each, although they remained the largest force in the new Senate, with 19 seats in all. For the first time since 1996, the Senate will not include a member of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM), after it failed to defend its last Senate seat in 2018 (see note). On 14 November, Mr. Jaroslav Kubera (ODS) was elected Senate President in the final election round, defeating Mr. Václav Hampl (CSSD). Mr. Kubera replaced Mr. Milan Štěch (CSSD), who had served in the post since 2010. During the election campaign, the ODS pledged to establish a safeguard against what it termed the "semi-communist" coalition government. It promised to develop effective infrastructure and public services. Note: The KSČM supported the ANO-CSSD coalition government formed in June 2018, following the October 2017 Chamber of Deputies elections.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
10
Percentage of parties winning seats The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of parties which won parliamentary representation by the number of parties contesting the election.
18.87%
Percentage of seats won by largest party or coalition The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of seats won by the largest party by the number of seats at stake in the election.
37.04%
Alternation of power after elections The results of the elections caused a change in the government. "Not applicable" to countries using the presidential system when parliamentary and presidential elections are held separately, to countries in political transition or where there is no party system.
No
Number of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
2
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
ANO, Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Civic Democratic Party (ODS) 10
Mayors and independents (STAN) 5
Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU - CSL) 2
ANO 1
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) 1
TOP 09 1
Czech Pirate Party 1
Movement Ostravak 1
Marek Hilšer to the Senate (MHS) 1
Senator 21 (SEN 21) 1
Independents 3
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
25
Number of women elected
2
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
7.41%
Sources
Senate (24.10.2018, 31.10.2018) https://www.volby.cz Radio Praha Prague Business Journal AFP
Women Directly Elected
2

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
68
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
13
First-term parliamentarians The number of members who are assuming their parliamentary mandate for the first time following the election or renewal, regardless of their mode of designation.
20
Notes Note on the number of first-term parliamentarians
The number indicates the number of Senators who entered the Senate for the first time, though some new Senators may have previously been members of the Chamber of Deputies.
Date of the first session The date when the newly elected parliament/chamber was convened for the first time. It may be different from the date when members were sworn in.
14.11.2018
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Jaroslav Kubera (Male)
Political party
Civic Democratic Party (ODS)
Date of election
14.11.2018