A spoof television report aimed at encouraging young Czechs to vote in May’s upcoming European elections has become a viral hit viewed by more than 200,000 people. The report tells the fictional tale about how the Czech Republic lost out on the chance to claim 1o kilometres of Croatian coastline because members of the European Parliament failed to take part in a vote. The message is that Czech borders now extend to the EU’s frontiers and that there are a sea of reasons to take part in the elections. The video was put together by the Open Society Foundation’s Prague branch.
The ANO party has emerged on top of a new survey of voters preferences ahead of the European elections. Some 22,2 percent of voters would back the party according to the poll, conducted by Herzmann and Data Collect; the Social Democrats would receive 14.1 percent of the vote, followed by the Communists with 11.1 percent. The TOP 09, Dawn and Civic Democrat parties would also win seats in the European Parliament, the survey suggests. Just over 32 percent of eligible voters would turn out at the polls. Voting for the European Parliament is scheduled for May 23 and 24; over 850 candidates are running for 21 seats reserved for MEPs from the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic is facing proceedings at the EU’s Court of Justice over restricting the political rights of EU nationals residing in the country. They can run in local and European elections but are not allowed to join Czech political parties or form their own. This goes against EU law, and although lawmakers had years to adapt Czech legislation, efforts to end the discrimination have only recently got underway. More
A record 857 candidates are standing for the 21 European Parliament seats allotted to the Czech Republic in May’s elections, the ČTK news agency reported on Thursday. This compares with the 708 candidates five years ago and 800 in 2004. The number of seats this time round for Czech MEPs has fallen to 21 from 22. The elections are being held on May 23 and 24.
The parties running in elections to the European Parliament were given numbers in a draw organized by the state electoral commission on Tuesday. The numbers determine the order of the ballots which voters will receive and parties will be able to use the numbers in their campaigns. In total, 38 groupings are running in the EP elections scheduled for May 23-24.
The Social Democrats on Saturday launched their campaign to elections in the European Parliament. At a press briefing in Olomouc, party leader Bohuslav Sobotka said he would consider it a success if the Social Democrats defended their current seven seats in the assembly. The party will spend 25 million on campaigning and its candidates will appear at election rallies and debates around the country. Mr. Sobotka said it was important to generate greater public interest in the elections and bring as many voters to the ballots as possible. Elections to the European Parliament are scheduled to take place on May23-24.
The Czech Interior Ministry has excluded a fringe political party from running in the upcoming elections for the European Parliament, a spokesman for the ministry said on Friday. The Czechoslovak Socialist Party failed to pay a 15,000 crown fee to register for the elections, according to the ministry which also excluded three candidates from other parties over their failure to meet the conditions for running. In total, 38 political parties will field candidates for the European elections which will take place at the end of next month.
Czech political party ANO launched its campaign for European Parliament elections on Tuesday. Former EU membership negotiator Pavel Telička is heading the ANO list of candidates. He said that some of the main themes of the campaign will be completion of the internal market, promotion of Czech food products and protection of consumers, rational pumping of EU funds, and promotion of exchanges for Czech students. Party leader Andrej Babiš said that three or four of the party’s members in the lower house of the Czech parliament had sought to stand for the European Parliament but the party leadership stopped them from doing so.
A new poll by the STEM agency suggests that many Czechs regard as the least important, in the election calendar, elections to the European Parliament. The survey asked those questioned to rank elections by points. Communal elections topped the list (receiving top marks from 63 percent), followed by the general election, regional elections, the presidential election, and voting to the European Parliament. Only 27 percent of those queried gave EP elections top ranking in terms of importance. All of the political parties in the Chamber of Deputies recently announced the names of their leading candidates; the EP election is scheduled for May.
The Civic Democrats’ campaign for elections to the European Parliament will centre on the rejection of the euro, the party’s freshly unveiled electoral leader Jan Zahradil said on Tuesday. The erstwhile main Czech right-wing party will also push a demand to close the European Parliament’s second home in Strasbourg and a freeze on energy prices. Second on the Civic Democrats’ ticket is Evžen Tošenovský, while Eva Zamrazilová is third.