Local and senate elections begin


Polling stations opened on Friday afternoon across the Czech Republic for people to vote in municipal and Senate elections. One third of the Czech Senate’s 81 seats are being contested, along with positions on municipal councils. This election sees a record number of candidates in both areas, with 226,000 people vying for municipal posts (with three to four candidates per post) and 227 candidates competing for 27 Senate seats. Polls are open from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. A second round of voting in the Senate elections will take place next weekend.