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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)7 October 2016
15 October 2016
Purpose of elections Despite generally positive economic conditions, the three parties in Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka's ruling coalition took only 11 of the 27 seats up for renewal in 2016. The coalition nevertheless retained a majority, now holding 48 seats in the 81-member Senate.

The Prime Minister's Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) remained the largest force but saw its share of seats reduced from 33 to 25. Deputy Prime Minister Pavel Belobradek's Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU - CSL), took the highest number of seats in 2016, to hold 16 seats in all. The main opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS) led by Mr. Petr Fiala now holds 10 seats. During the election campaign, the major parties focused on health care, security, education, social services and anti-corruption measures. As in previous elections, the Senate elections saw a low turnout: 33.54% in the first round and 15.38% in the second round.
Date of previous elections: 10-11 & 17-18 October 2014

Date of dissolution of the outgoing legislature: N/A

Timing of election: Upon normal expiry

Expected date of next elections: October 2018

Number of seats at stake: 27 (partial renewal)

Number of candidates: 233 (190 men, 43 women)

Percentage of women candidates: 18.4%

Number of parties contesting the election: 44

Number of parties winning seats: 12

Alternation of power: No

Number of parties in government: 3

Names of parties in government: Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD), Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU - CSL), ANO 2011

Date of the first session of the new parliament: 17 November 2016

Name of the new Speaker: Mr. Milan Stech (CSSD)
STATISTICS
Voter turnout
Round no 1 (from/to)7 October 2016
15 October 2016
Number of registered electors
Voters
Blank or invalid ballot papers
Valid votes
2'780'706
932'616 (33.54%)

Notes
Distribution of votes
Round no 1
Political Group Candidates Votes %
Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's party (KDU - CSL)
ANO 2011
Civic Democratic Party (ODS)
Mayors and independents (STAN)
Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09 (TOP 09)
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
Independents
Movement for Prague 11 (HPP 11)
Mayors for the Liberec Region (SLK)
Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz)
Patriotic Citizens (OPAT)
Citizens Together (OSN)
Green Party (SZ)
Distribution of seats
Round no 1
Political Group Total
Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's party (KDU - CSL) 6
ANO 2011 3
Civic Democratic Party (ODS) 3
Mayors and independents (STAN) 2
Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09 (TOP 09) 2
Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD) 2
Independents 2
Movement for Prague 11 (HPP 11) 1
Mayors for the Liberec Region (SLK) 1
Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz) 1
Patriotic Citizens (OPAT) 1
Citizens Together (OSN) 1
Green Party (SZ) 1
Distribution of seats according to sex
Men
Women
Percent of women
21
5
19.23%
Distribution of seats according to age
Distribution of seats according to profession
Comments
Note on the election dates:
The 2016 elections to the Senate were held on 7 and 8 October (1st round) and on 14 and 15 October (2nd round). No candidates secured the required majority in the first round.

Note on the number of women in the Senate
The 2016 elections were held for 27 seats in the 81-member Senate. Initially, six women were elected. However, on 10 November, the Supreme Administrative Court nullified the election of one woman candidate from the Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz) and ordered fresh elections in that constituency. Consequently, the number of seats for S.cz decreased from two to one. This meant that five women out of the 26 senators elected in 2016 joined the Senate on 17 November. As at 25 November, there were 15 women out of 80 senators.

Note on the Distribution of seats:
The distribution of seats described above refers to the 27 seats that were up for renewal in 2016. On 10 November, the Supreme Administrative Court nullified the election in one constituency and ordered fresh elections. The Severocesi.cz political movement (S.cz) had initially won in that constituency. Consequently, the number of seats for S.cz decreased from two to one. The newly elected members joined the incumbent senators on 17 November.
The statistics below refer to the composition of the Senate as at 25 November 2016, according to Senate caucuses and the number of seats held by each caucus. There were 80 senators and one vacancy.
- Czech Social Democratic Party caucus: 25
- Christian-Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party and Independents caucus: 16
- Mayors and Independents caucus: 11
- Civic Democratic Party caucus: 10
- Caucus ANO: 7
- Independent senators: 11
Source: http://www.senat.cz/organy/index.php?ke_dni=25.11.2016&O=11&lng=en&par_1=K

Sources:
Senate (31.10.2016, 24.11.2016, 25.11.2016)
http://volby.cz/pls/senat/se31?xjazyk=CZ&xdatum=20161007&xv=1
http://www.volby.cz/pls/senat/se1111?xjazyk=CZ&xdatum=20161007&xv=9&xt=1
http://www.senat.cz/organy/index.php?ke_dni=25.11.2016&O=11&lng=en&par_1=K
http://www.reuters.com
http://www.radio.cz/en
http://praguemonitor.com/
http://www.czechcompete.cz

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