The proportion of women in local politics has slightly increased after the recent communal elections, from 26 to 27 percent, according to the analysis released by Forum 50 %, which promotes the equal representation of women in politics. The Senate will remain largely male-dominated. Eight women are running in the second round of Senate elections next weekend, with two standing a chance of being elected.
Negotiations have already begun in some municipalities about the formation of local councils. The head of the coalition ANO party, Andrej Babiš, has ruled out the possibility of forming a coalition with TOP 09 in Prague, which has failed to retain its position of the biggest party in the Czech capital. The ANO party is most likely to join forces with the Social Democrats and the three-way coalition of the Christian Democrats, Mayors and Independents, and the Green Party. Adriana Krnáčová, the ANO party’s candidate for Prague mayor said she will also hold talks with the Pirate Party.
After the first round of voting for one third of the seats in the Czech
Senate, 19 candidates of the Social Democrats will advance to the second
round, along with nine ANO candidates and nine members of the Christian
Democrats. Also making it to the second round are the Civic Democrats with
seven candidates. TOP 09 have four in the running and the Green Party two.
No senator was elected in the first round.
The turnout in the Senate elections was slightly below 39 percent, which is less than in the previous elections four years ago. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will take place next weekend. Independent groups leading in municipal elections
Czech tennis player Karolína Plíšková has claimed a title in the final of a WTA tournament in Linz, Austria, on Sunday. Plíšková defeated Italy’s Camila Giorgi in three sets by a score of 6:7, 6:3 and 7:6. The twenty-two-year-old Czech has had an excellent season, reaching five finals this year and winning two titles.
In the municipal elections, various local groups of independent candidates are leading with all districts now counted in. Among the established political parties, Christian Democrats have won, followed by the Social Democrats and the Communist Party. The independent candidates gained over 40,000 posts on municipal councils, which is 3,000 more than in the previous elections. The Civic Democrats suffered a defeat, losing more than half of their seats on municipal councils. The turnout in the municipal elections was 44.46 percent, which is slightly lower than in the previous vote four years ago.
Polling stations around the Czech Republic closed at 2 PM on Saturday,
ending municipal elections and the first round of voting for the Czech
Senate. Nearly 50 percent of eligible voters have cast their ballots in the
municipal elections, and a litle over forty percent showed up at the Senate
A record 165 parties and movements are taking part this year, fielding more than 230,000 candidates for 60,000 seats in local councils. A record number of candidates, a little over 30 percent, are women. For the first time, the municipal elections are open to all EU citizens residing in the country, be they permanent or temporary residents.
With 30 percent of districts counted in the first round of voting for the
Czech Senate, eight candidates of the ruling Social Democrats will advance
to the second round, along with four ANO candidates and seven candidates
for the Christian Democrats, two of them in coalition with the Green Party.
No senator is likely to be elected in the first round so far.
One third of the Czech Senates 81 seats are being contested with 244 candidates competing for 27 seats. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will take place next weekend.
The annual multi discipline contemporary art festival 4+4 Days in Motion got underway in Prague of Friday evening. Now in its nineteenth year, the festival offers dance and theatre performances, public lectures and discussions and an exhibition, taking place in various venues across the city. The event runs until October 18.
The Czech national football team defeated Turkey 2:1 in Istanbul on Friday night, securing their second win in the Euro 2016 qualification. Turkey grabbed the lead eight minutes after the start, but Czechs equalized a few minutes later with a shot by Václav Sivok. Václav Pilař scored in the second half, securing the win for the Czech national team. The Czechs will next face Kazakhstan on Monday.