Detailed results of the 2013 presidential election

Candidate   Zeman Schwarzenberg Fischer Dienstbier Franz
Round Region  
1 Total 24.22 23.41 16.36 16.12 6.84
Hlavní mesto Praha 17.09 43.21 10.42 11.98 6.07
Stredoceský kraj 22.88 26.1 17.03 15.43 7.01
Jihoceský kraj 23.18 24.3 15.96 16.54 7.36
Plzenský kraj 22.75 22.84 17.64 17.42 8.17
Karlovarský kraj 23.28 20.11 19.53 17.27 8.21
Ústecký kraj 25.41 17.58 20.26 17.82 7.52
Liberecký kraj 20.6 24.11 17.47 15.45 7.61
Královéhradecký kraj 20.85 23.39 17.21 16.7 7.78
Pardubický kraj 24.61 20.12 17.22 16.11 7.08
Vysocina 32.43 17.26 15.01 15.21 6.03
Jihomoravský kraj 25.81 21.98 15.43 16.39 5.97
Olomoucký kraj 27.24 16.99 17.7 17.42 6.89
Zlínský kraj 26.28 18.69 16.96 15.68 6.1
Moravskoslezský kraj 28.77 14.78 17.83 18.86 6.59
Special electoral districts 10.06 54.32 8.29 9.16 6.06
2 Total 54.8 45.2 0 0 0
Hlavní mesto Praha 33.99 66.01 0 0 0
Stredoceský kraj 50.96 49.04 0 0 0
Jihoceský kraj 52.66 47.34 0 0 0
Plzenský kraj 54.36 45.64 0 0 0
Karlovarský kraj 55.96 44.04 0 0 0
Ústecký kraj 61.86 38.14 0 0 0
Liberecký kraj 50.23 49.77 0 0 0
Královéhradecký kraj 51.27 48.73 0 0 0
Pardubický kraj 57.21 42.79 0 0 0
Vysocina 64.13 35.87 0 0 0
Jihomoravský kraj 57.36 42.64 0 0 0
Olomoucký kraj 63.26 36.74 0 0 0
Zlínský kraj 58.46 41.54 0 0 0
Moravskoslezský kraj 67.25 32.75 0 0 0
Special electoral districts 15.79 84.21 0 0 0

* Election data can be found at http://volby.cz/ or in English at NSD European Election Database

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Zeman wins first direct presidential election

Photo: AFP

Photo: AFP

On January 26, former Prime Minister Milos Zeman pulled ahead of contender and Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg to win the Czech Republic’s first direct presidential election. See below for various coverage in English.

Reuter coverage- Zeman Wins Czech Presidential Election

Euractiv- Czechs elect pro-European Miloš Zeman for president

The Economist- Zeman Wins

This post on Central and Eastern European inaugural addresses is also interesting. We’ll see what Zeman has in store for his first address in a few weeks.

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Zeman and Schwarzenberg Advance to the Second Round

The polls closed at 2pm today and, with nearly all votes counted, it appears that Milos Zeman and Karel Schwarzenberg will advance to the second round of elections with 24.22% and 23.40% of the vote, respectively.

Surprisingly, Jan Fischer, who consistently led in the polls preceding the election, has only garnered a little over 16% of the vote and will not advance to the second round.

Final voter turnout for the election is hovering around 61%, comparable to the last three parliamentary elections where voter turnout ranged between 57-62%. 

Here are the (semi) final results of the first round of elections from the Czech Statistical Office:

First Round Results
Candidate Proposing Party Political Affiliation # votes %
Zuzana Roithová MD. MBA Citizen KDU-CSL 255003 4.95
Jan Fischer Ing. CSc. Citizen Party affiliation 841299 16.35
Bobošíková John Ing. Citizen SBB 123143 2.39
Fischer Taťana Citizen KH 166195 3.23
Premysl Sobotka MD. Members ODS 126821 2.46
Ing Miloš Zeman. Citizen Behind 1245677 24.22
Prof. Vladimír Franz. JUDr. Citizen Party affiliation 351843 6.84
Jiri Dienstbier Senators CSSD 829194 16.12
Karel Schwarzenberg Members TOP 09 1203861 23.4

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First Day of the First Direct Presidential Elections

The polls closed at 22:00 on the first day of the first direct presidential elections and no large problems were reported with the voting procedure. According to Cesky Noviny, most observers have reported up to 40 percent participation, with some suggesting a possible 70 percent turn out rate. According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the voter turnout for the last three parliamentary elections has ranged from 57-62% [See here for full data].

Exit polls suggest that Milos Zeman has a slight lead over Jan Fischer. There were nine candidates in total. The second day of voting will be on Saturday from 8am to 2pm.

According to electoral law, a single candidate must win 44% of the vote to be elected. If no candidate reaches this threshold, there is a second round of voting between the top two candidates from the first round. The second round of voting must be held before January 25, 2013. 

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Candidates begin petition submition

As the November 6 deadline approaches, presidential hopefuls have begun submitting the signature petitions required to become official candidates in the January Czech Presidential elections.  According to the implementation laws that went into effect August, 2012,  any citizen over 18 may be nominated for candidacy upon the submission of:

- 50,000 citizen signatures

-20 signatures from the Chamber of Deputies

-10 signatures from the Senate

Thus far, Milos Zeman has submitted a petition with 105,000 signatures and Zuzana Roithova has filed with 81,000.

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Czechs set first presidential election for Jan 11-12

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czechs will hold their first presidential election on January 11 and 12 to replace outgoing euroskeptic leader Vaclav Klaus, the speaker of the upper house of parliament said on Monday.

Up to now, the country’s parliament has chosen the president. But the assembly agreed to hand that power over to the electorate amid calls for more open democracy, fuelled by a growing public perception of cronyism and corruption in the country’s political parties.

Opinion polls suggest the leading candidates to replace Klaus are former prime ministers Milos Zeman and Jan Fischer, in office from 1998-2002 and 2009-2010, respectively.

Both men are much more in favor of closer cooperation with the European Union than Klaus. Both were members of then Czechoslovakia’s totalitarian Communist party before the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Fischer is running as an independent candidate while Zeman has the support of a leftist SPOZ party, a small splinter group from the center-left Social Democratic party he used to lead.

Political analysts say their popularity is another reminder of the public’s exasperation with the country’s larger, mainstream parties, following a round of harsh austerity measures and sleaze scandals.

Czech presidents do not have the executive powers held by the leaders of France or the United States. But they wield significant influence over the cabinet and parliament through their ability to delay legislation and appoint prime ministers and other officials.

The office, held by anti-communist dissident and writer Vaclav Havel from 1990-2003, is held in high esteem in the country of 10.5 million people.

Senate speaker Milan Stech said an anticipated second round run-off between the top two candidates for the presidency would take place two weeks after the first round of the election.

(Reporting by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Svejnar will not run in the 2013 election

Svejnar ran unsuccessfully already in the 2008 presidential election when the head of state was chosen by the two houses of parliament.

He lost tightly to Vaclav Klaus who was re-elected for a second term amid backstage bargaining.

The first direct presidential election will be held early next year when the second term of incumbent President Vaclav Klaus expires.

Svejnar made his announcement today after several months of hesitation.

“In reaction to many questions I say that I have decided not to take part in this election of the president of the Czech Republic,” Svejnar wrote in a brief press release.

CTK, Prague – Economist Jan Svejnar, 59, who has been a favourite of the forthcoming Czech direct presidential election according to public opinion polls, said in a press release today he will not seek presidency and he wants to continue his academic and consultancy activities.

He wrote, however, that he wants to continue participating in the country´s public life and do his work at Charles University in Prague, the National Economic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and on the boards of firms and NGOs.

Svejnar is also director of the prestigious Centre for Global Economic Governance at Columbia University in New York.

The opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) were considering nominating Svejnar their election candidate this time, but Svejnar said in May he would be an unaffiliated candidate if he decided to run in the election.

The biggest favourite of the election is former caretaker prime minister Jan Fischer, followed by former Social Democrat prime minister Milos Zeman.

Some 20 people have announced their intention to seek presidency. The candidates need support of MPs, or gather 50,000 citizens´ signatures. Five of them, including Fischer and Zeman, have already fulfilled this condition.

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