Polling booths close for European elections

06-06-2009

Polling booths have closed for the second and final day of voting for the European Parliamentary elections. Polling stations closed at 2 PM local time on Saturday. Early reports have suggested about a quarter of citizens cast their votes. That would be lower than the 28.3 percent turnout in 2004. Although voting ends on Saturday, the count will not start until 10 PM on Sunday to coincide with the rest of the 27-member EU. Representatives of 32 political groups are seeking to fill 22 Czech vacancies in the European Parliament. The turbulent Czech campaign is seen as an important indicator of political strength ahead of parliamentary elections in October.