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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.
07.10.2016 to 15.10.2016
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".
233
Number of male candidates Number of male candidates
190
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
43
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
18.45%
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.
44

Voter turnout

Registration Number of people registered to vote
2,780,706
Votes Number of people who actually voted
932,616
Voter turnout The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of people who actually voted by the number of people registered to vote
33.54%

Results

About the election Short description of the context and results of the election.
Despite generally positive economic conditions, the three parties in Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's ruling coalition took only 11 of the 27 seats up for renewal in 2016. The coalition nevertheless retained a majority, now holding 48 seats in the 81-member Senate. The Prime Minister's Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) remained the largest force but saw its share of seats reduced from 33 to 25. Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek's Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU - CSL), took the highest number of seats in 2016, to hold 16 seats in all. The main opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS) led by Mr. Petr Fiala now holds 10 seats. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on health care, security, education, social services and anti-corruption measures. As in previous elections, the Senate elections saw a low turnout: 33.54% in the first round and 15.38% in the second round.
Number of parties winning seats The number of parties which won parliamentary representation in the given election.
12
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.
27.27%
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.
22.22%
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
3
Names of parties in government The government may be formed by one or more political parties
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU - CSL), ANO 2011
Parties or coalitions winning seats
Political groups winning seats breakdown
Political group Total
Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU - CSL) 6
ANO 3
Civic Democratic Party (ODS) 3
Mayors and independents (STAN) 2
Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09 (TOP 09) 2
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) 2
Independents 2
Movement for Prague 11 (HPP 11) 1
Mayors for the Liberec Region (SLK) 1
Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz) 1
Patriotic Citizens (OPAT) 1
Citizens Together (OSN) 1
Green Party (SZ) 1
Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
21
Number of women elected
5
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.
18.52%
Note on the Distribution of seats according to sex
The 2016 elections were held for 27 seats in the 81-member Senate. Initially, six women were elected. However, on 10 November, the Supreme Administrative Court nullified the election of one woman candidate from the Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz) and ordered fresh elections in that constituency. Consequently, the number of seats for S.cz decreased from two to one. This meant that five women out of the 26 senators elected in 2016 joined the Senate on 17 November. As at 25 November, there were 15 women out of 80 senators.
Other notes
The 2016 elections to the Senate were held on 7 and 8 October (1st round) and on 14 and 15 October (2nd round). No candidates secured the required majority in the first round. The distribution of seats described below refers to the 27 seats that were up for renewal in 2016. On 10 November, the Supreme Administrative Court nullified the election in one constituency and ordered fresh elections. The Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz) had initially won in that constituency. Consequently, the number of seats for S.cz decreased from two to one. The newly elected members joined the incumbent senators on 17 November. The statistics below refer to the composition of the Senate as at 25 November 2016, according to Senate caucuses and the number of seats held by each caucus. There were 80 senators and one vacancy. - Czech Social Democratic Party caucus: 25 - Christian-Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party and Independents caucus: 16 - Mayo
Sources
Senate (31.10.2016, 24.11.2016, 25.11.2016) Czech Statistical Office Reuters Radio Praha Prague Monitor Czech Compete
Women Directly Elected
5

New legislature

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.
17.11.2016
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.
Milan Stech (Male)
Political party
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
Date of election
16.11.2016