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Senat (Senate)
LAST ELECTIONS

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlament / Parliament
Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Senat / Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Poslanecka Snemovna / Chamber of Deputies
BACKGROUND
Dates of election / renewal (from/to) (from/to)10 October 2014
18 October 2014
Purpose of elections The ruling coalition, comprising the Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), the ANO 2011 (meaning "Yes 2011") and the Christian Democratic Union-Czech People's party (KDU-CSL), retained a majority in the 81-member Senate. It won 21 of the 27 seats up for election in 2014, and now has 48 seats in all. However, the CSSD no longer holds the Senate majority on its own, as the party's share of seats went down from 46 to 33. The ANO, led by Finance Minister Andrej Babis, entered the Senate for the first time, taking four seats. The KDU-CSL and its allies took seven seats. Six other parties and a coalition took one seat each.

CSSD leader Bohuslav Sobotka was appointed Prime Minister by President Milos Zeman in January 2014, three months after elections to the Chamber of Deputies. He promised to boost the economy by rolling back austerity measures implemented by the previous governments, and raising pensions and the minimum wage.
Date of previous elections: 12 & 13 October – 19 & 20 October 2012

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: N/A

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: October 2016

Number of seats at stake: 27 (partial renewal)

Number of candidates: 245 (208 men, 37 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 15.1%

Number of parties contesting the election: 52

Number of parties winning seats: 10 (including 3 coalitions)

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 3

Names of parties in government: Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), ANO 2011 and Christian Democratic Union-Czech People's party (KDU-CSL)*
*The coalition government was formed in January 2014 following the elections to the Chamber of Deputies in October 2013.

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 19 November 2014

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Milan Stech (CSSD, re-elected)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 1 (from/to)10 October 2014
18 October 2014
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
2'853'106
1'101'753 (38.62%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
Christian Democratic Union (KDU)-Czech People's party (CSL)
ANO 2011
Coalition of KDU-CSL and Green Party (SZ)
Civic Democratic Party (ODS)
Mayors and independents (STAN)
Mayors for the Liberec Region (SLK)
Party of Civic Rights (SPO)
Coalition of ODS and Crown of Czechs party (KC)
SsCr
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) 10
Christian Democratic Union (KDU)-Czech People's party (CSL) 4
ANO 2011 4
Coalition of KDU-CSL and Green Party (SZ) 3
Civic Democratic Party (ODS) 1
Mayors and independents (STAN) 1
Mayors for the Liberec Region (SLK) 1
Party of Civic Rights (SPO) 1
Coalition of ODS and Crown of Czechs party (KC) 1
SsCr 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
22
5
18.52%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Note: No candidates secured the required majority in the first round.

Note on the "Distribution of seats according to sex":
The "Distribution of seats according to sex" above shows the breakdown for the senators elected in 2014: 5 women of 27 members.
After the 2014 elections there were 13 women in all out of 81 members.

Sources:
Senate (21.10.2014, 03.12.2014)
http://www.senat.cz/senat/volby/v2014-eng.php
http://volby.cz/pls/senat/se31?xjazyk=EN&xdatum=20141010&xv=0

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