Czech police say they have shelved an investigation into a hacking attack
on the website of the national statistical office as it updated results
from parliamentary elections last October.
The attack caused the website of the Czech Statistical Office to collapse. The office said the results of counting for elections to the lower house of parliament were not affected.
Police, according to the news website of Czech Radio, were not able to identify where the attack originated. The statistical office said that it had stepped up its security measures following the attack.
ANO would have won elections to the Chamber of Deputies if they were held
last month with 29.5 percent of the vote, suggests an opinion poll by the
Kantar TNS agency released on Sunday. That is two tenths of percentage
point down on what the party achieved in October’s elections but a fall
of three percent on the figure indicated in a Kantart TNS poll in February.
The survey suggests gains for the Civic Democrats, the Pirates and the Social Democrats compared to their results in October. By contrast, Freedom and Direct Democracy, the Communists and the Christian Democrats fared worse than in the last elections in the poll, which was conducted for Czech Television.
The former leading Czech government party, the Social Democrats, faces a crunch meeting over the weekend to choose a new leadership and try and patch the party up after disastrous election results last October. Key issues will be whether to go into government with ANO’s Andrej Babiš and what approach to take with the recently re-elected Czech president.
The Czech counterintelligence service says it has no information indicating
that foreign agents are working to influence the outcome of elections in
the Czech Republic. The statement comes in response to a request from
outgoing Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka for the intelligence services to
address the issue, after one of the hot candidates in the presidential
race, Jiří Drahoš, expressed concern that foreign agent and trolls were
using disinformation campaigns to influence the outcome of elections in
this country. In its October report the intelligence service BIS cited
heightened activities in the country by Russian agents. Prime Minister
Sobotka said the government was taking the possibility of such a threat
Meanwhile, President Miloš Zeman who is running for re-election has dismissed these concerns saying that Jiří Drahoš is trying to draw attention to himself through conspiracy theories. Zeman said it was an insult to voters’ common sense to think they might be swayed by foreign propaganda.
The government of the Social Democrats, ANO, and the Christian Democrats, led by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, which tendered its resignation on Wednesday, was not without its successes over the last four years, overseeing a growing economy. Its success did not help the senior Social Democrats, however, the biggest casualty in the October election, but ANO.
Right-wing party TOP 09 was one of the biggest casualties in the elections in October squeaking by with 5.3 percent of the vote, securing seven mandates and losing 19. Now the party has begun the process of turning things around, electing a new leadership at the weekend. MEP and former justice minister Jiří Pospíšil has taken over from Miroslav Kalousek.
The centre-right TOP 09 party is holding a two-day conference at which
delegates are expected to elect a new leadership. The party is also
analysing its poor showing in October’s general elections at which TOP 09
won 5.3 percent of the vote, which gave them just seven seats in the lower
The party’s outgoing leader Miroslav Kalousek has accepted responsibility for the election debacle and is not running for re-election. MEP Jiří Pospíšil, who recently joined the party, is seen as a hot candidate for the top post.
In his address to delegates, Mr. Kalousek said the party needed to address the problem of what he called the party’s poor regional network. The election of a new leadership is to take place on Sunday.
A lower house seat won by the Civic Democrats in Central Bohemia was won by
Martin Kupka, not Petr Bendl as announced after last month’s general
elections. The discovery was made by the Supreme Administrative Court,
which carried out a recount of preferential votes in half of the region.
The finding does not alter the composition of the new Chamber of Deputies,
where the Civic Democrats are the second biggest party with 25 mandates.
The chairman of the Supreme Administrative Court panel, Tomáš Langášek, said on Sunday that both the Ministry of the Interior and legislators should respond to the shortcomings uncovered. Judge Langášek said if no changes were made the court might in future have to deal with more contested results, which would lead to paralysis.
The Supreme Administrative Court on Thursday demanded a recount of
preferential votes cast in the Central Bohemia region for the right of
centre Civic Democratic Party (ODS) following doubts whether they had been
counted properly in 915 districts.
The outcome could affect the election results in the region and the number of seats won by ODS. Talks have been called for November 19, a day before the new lower house of parliament is set to convene for the first time.
The Civic Democrats won four seats in the region, its best performance outside of the capital city, Prague.
Just one week after the country’s general elections, ANO leader Andrej Babiš has given up on the idea of forming a coalition government and is working on creating a minority government of ministers from his own party and experts. The anti-establishment, billionaire leader of ANO, who is shunned by the traditional parties, wants a vote of confidence in his government before Christmas.