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EP elections: ODS ahead of ČSSD, KSČM and KDU-ČSL, Workers’ Party gets just over 1 percent

Prague, 8.6.2009 6:31, (ROMEA)

ODS was the front-runner in the Czech EP elections ahead of ČSSD, KSČM and KDU-ČSL, according to election results published so far on the server www.volby.cz. None of the other groups running made it into the EP. The Green Party received around 2 % of the vote.

ODS won 31 % of all votes, while second-place ČSSD received more than 22 %. KSČM received 14 % of the vote, the KDU-ČSL roughly 8 %. ODS won in all regions with the exception of Olomouc, where ČSSD led.

The results mean ODS has acquired 10 seats at the EP, the same number it has always had. ČSSD will have six MEPs instead of two, KSČM four seats instead of six, and KDU-ČSL two seats once again.

The Suverenita (“Sovereignty”) coalition led by Czech MEP Jana Bobošíková received only 4.3 % of the vote. Next in line was the European Democratic Party, led by Czech MEP Jana Hybášková, followed by the Věci veřejné (“Public Affairs”) party and the Coalition of Mayors and Independents, which received just over 2 % of the vote.

Roma candidate Lucie Horváthová, who ran in sixth place on the candidate list of the Green Party, will not become an MEP. She won more than 1 100 preferential votes.

The extremist National Party (Národní strana) lost votes, receiving only 0.26 %, while SPR-RSČ candidate Miroslav Sládeka received only 0.31 % of the vote. The neo-Nazi Workers’ Party (Dělnická strana - DS) did better, winning more than 25 000 votes, or 1.07 %. By exceeding the 1 % limit, the DS has secured a state contribution to its operations of CZK 30 per vote. Taxpayers will be sending more than CZK 750 000 to the extremists as a result.

In Krupka, where the neo-Nazis led several provocations of the Roma community prior to the elections, DS received 154 votes. In Postoloprty they received 46 votes.

28.2 % of eligible voters turned out for the elections.

No one was interested in the EP elections at the Chanov housing estate in the town of Most, where 21 of 872 eligible voters turned out, a 2.41 % participation rate. The Green Party won almost 43 % of all votes there. KSČM and ČSSD received four votes each; Libertas.cz received two. In the town of Most as a whole, the DS received 405 votes (3.67 %).

At the Janov housing estate in Litvínov, 539 of 3 744 eligible voters went to the polls. ČSSD won there with 131 votes, KSČM 126, DS 93 and ODS 83. In the town of Litvínov as a whole, the neo-Nazi DS received 377 votes (7.81 %).

Gwendolyn Albert, ROMEA, ROMEA, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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