2014 European Parliament election in the Czech Republic

2014 European Parliament election in the Czech Republic

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21 seats in the European Parliament
Turnout18.19% (Decrease 10.03pp)
  First party Second party Third party
  Pavel Telička.jpg Luděk Niedermayer.jpg Jan Keller.jpg
Leader Pavel Telička Luděk Niedermayer Jan Keller
Party ANO TOP 09STAN ČSSD
Alliance ALDE EPP PES
Last election 2.29%, 0 seats 22.39%, 7 seats
Seats won 4 4 4
Seat change New Increase 4 Decrease3
Popular vote 244,501 241,747 214,800
Percentage 16.13% 15.95% 14.17%
Swing New Increase13.66pp Decrease8.22pp

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Kateřina Konečná.jpg Pavel Svoboda 2010.JPG JanZahradil.jpg
Leader Kateřina Konečná Pavel Svoboda Jan Zahradil
Party KSČM KDU-ČSL ODS
Alliance GUE/NGL EPP AECR
Last election 14.18%, 4 seats 7.65%, 2 seats 31.45%, 9 seats
Seats won 3 3 2
Seat change Decrease 1 Increase 1 Decrease 7
Popular vote 166,478 150,792 116,398
Percentage 10.99% 9.95% 7.68%
Swing Decrease3.19pp Increase2.30pp Decrease23.77%

  Seventh party
  Petr Mach (14001188144).jpeg
Leader Petr Mach
Party Svobodní
Alliance ADDE
Last election 1.27%, 0 seats
Seats won 1
Seat change Increase 1
Popular vote 79,540
Percentage 5.25%
Swing Increase3.98pp
Results by district: ANO 2011 (blue), TOP 09 and STAN (purple), ČSSD (orange), KDU-ČSL (yellow) and KSČM (red)

European Parliament elections were held in the Czech Republic on 23 and 24 May 2014. In total, 21 Members of the European Parliament were elected using proportional representation (single district D'Hondt with a 5% threshold).

ANO won the election closely followed by the coalition of TOP 09 and STAN, themselves closely followed by ČSSD. A total of 7 parties gained seats, including the non-parliamentary Party of Free Citizens.[1] Election turnout was 18.2%, the second lowest of all participating countries after Slovakia.[2]

Campaign finances

Party ČSSD ANO TOP 09 ODS KSČM SZ ÚSVIT KDU-ČSL
Money spent[3] 25,000,000 Kč 18,500,000 Kč 10,000,000 Kč 10,000,000 Kč 8,000,000 Kč 7,000,000 Kč 5,500,000 Kč 5,000,000 Kč

Opinion polls

Date Polling Firm ANO ČSSD KSČM TOP 09 ODS ÚSVIT KDU-ČSL SZ PIRÁTI SVOBODNÍ Others Turnout
23–24 May Election 16.1 14.2 11.0 16.0 7.7 3.1 10.0 3.8 4.8 5.2 18.2
24 May iDnes 15.5 17.0 11.0 18.0 9.5 2.0 9.5 4.5 3.5 4.5
Exit polls
9–13 May Data Collect[4] 20.1 12.5 12.2 14.2 7.2 7.7 4.6 4.9 4.3 4.7 7.6
5–12 May CVVM 25.0 23.0 11.0 8.0 6.0 1.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 35.0
14–21 Apr STEM 24.7 18.5 11.9 10.7 7.4 2.0 6.7 2.0 1.9 2.6 11.6
12–15 Apr Data Collect 22.2 14.1 11.1 9.6 7.6 8.9 3.8 2.9 3.4 4.8 11.6 32.4
8–13 Apr Sanep 23.2 20.1 14.5 8.2 5.4 3.2 5.2 2.9 3.2 n/a 14.1 27.4

Results

European Parliament 2014 Czech result.svg
PartyVotes%+/–Seats+/–
ANO 2011244,50116.13New4New
TOP 09STAN241,74715.95+13.664+4
Czech Social Democratic Party214,80014.17−8.224−3
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia166,47810.99−3.193−1
KDU-ČSL150,7929.95+2.303+1
Civic Democratic Party116,3897.68−23.772−7
Party of Free Citizens79,5405.25+3.981+1
Czech Pirate Party72,5144.78New0New
Green Party57,2403.78+1.7200
Dawn of Direct Democracy47,3063.12New0New
Party of Common Sense24,7241.63New0New
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia8,5490.56New0New
Right Bloc8,0280.53−0.4700
SNK European Democrats7,9610.53−1.1300
DSSS–SPE7,9020.52New0New
Liberal-Environmental Party7,5140.50New0New
No To Brussels – National Democracy7,1090.47New0New
National Socialists – Left of the 21st century7,0990.47New0New
Public Affairs6,9880.46−1.9400
Moravané6,6140.44+0.0500
VIZE 20143,6980.24New0New
Civic Conservative Party3,4810.23New0New
Labour Party – Disgruntled Citizens2,8990.19New0New
Czech Party of Regions2,5350.17New0New
Koruna Česká2,4340.16−0.0300
Club of Committed Non-Party Members2,3790.16New0New
Republic2,2400.15New0New
Czech Sovereignty2,0860.14–4.1200
Hnutí Sociálne Slabých1,6850.11New0New
Citizens 20111,2990.09New0New
Assets of Independent Citizens1,2420.08New0New
Roma Democratic Party1,1850.08New0New
Republican Party of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia1,1000.07New0New
Fair Play – HNPD9000.06New0New
Antibursík – stop ekoteroru!7610.05New0New
Party of Equal Opportunities6400.04New0New
Evropani.cz6310.04New0New
Czech National Social Party5020.03–0.0000
Total1,515,492100.0021–1
Valid votes1,515,49299.22
Invalid/blank votes11,8750.78
Total votes1,527,367100.00
Registered voters/turnout8,395,13218.19
Source: Volby

European groups

PartySeats+/–
European People's Party7+5
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats4–3
Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe4+4
European United Left–Nordic Green Left3–1
European Conservatives and Reformists2–7
Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy1New
Total21–1

Elected members

The seats were given out within the parties to the candidates who received the preference votes, if number of preference votes exceeds 5% of votes for party (highlighted by bold), otherwise to the candidates by its order on party candidate list. 8 of 21 elected candidates are non-partisans (4 elected for ANO, 3 for TOP 09 and STAN and 1 for ČSSD).

ANO
  1. Pavel Telička50,784 votes
  2. Petr Ježek – 5,301 votes
  3. Dita Charanzová – 8 356 votes
  4. Martina Dlabajová – 4,789 votes
TOP 09 and STAN
  1. Jiří Pospíšil77,724 votes
  2. Luděk Niedermayer37,171 votes
  3. Jaromír Štětina18,951 votes
  4. Stanislav Polčák – 11,997 votes
ČSSD
  1. Jan Keller57,812 votes
  2. Olga Sehnalová10,955 votes
  3. Pavel Poc – 3,818 votes
  4. Miroslav Poche – 3,692 votes
KSČM
  1. Kateřina Konečná28,154 votes
  2. Miloslav Ransdorf14 384 votes
  3. Jiří Maštálka11,525 votes
KDU-ČSL
  1. Michaela Šojdrová22,220 votes
  2. Pavel Svoboda21,746 votes
  3. Tomáš Zdechovský – 5,063 votes
ODS
  1. Jan Zahradil19,892 votes
  2. Evžen Tošenovský16,514 votes
Svobodní
  1. Petr Mach13,211 votes

Aftermath

The Green Party and Pirate Party failed to reach 5% threshold. Both parties decided to deliver a complaint to Supreme Administrative Court. They were inspired by Germany, where the threshold was abolished.[5] The court did not decide about the complaint and sent it to the Constitutional Court.[6] Constitutional Court rejected the complaint on 1 June 2015. According to the court, abolishing the threshold would lead to less effective European Parliament as it would be fragmented too much.[7]

If the threshold was abolished for 2014 elections Green Party and Pirate Party would get 1 MEP. Social Democrats and Christian Democrats would have 1 MEP less on the other hand.[8]

References

  1. ^ Czech Statistical Office: Elections to the European Parliament held on the territory of the Czech Republic on 23 – 24 May 2014
  2. ^ "Czechs underwhelmed by European vote". BBC News. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Za eurovolební kampaň nejvíc zaplatila ČSSD, nejméně KDU-ČSL". Deník.cz. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Výsledky voleb do EP jsou velmi nejisté, ANO 2011 by ovšem jasně vyhrálo" (PDF). Herzmann.cz. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Soud zatím eviduje dva volební podněty, přišly však předčasně". Deník.cz (in Czech). 28 May 2014. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  6. ^ "VOLEBNÍ SENÁT PŘEDKLÁDÁ ÚSTAVNÍMU SOUDU NÁVRH NA ZRUŠENÍ 5% UZAVÍRACÍ KLAUZULE PRO VOLBY DO EP". NSSoud.cz. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Pětiprocentní hranice pro eurovolby zůstává, rozhodl Ústavní soud". Mladá fronta DNES. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ Nachtmann, Filip. "Coby kdyby: Zelení a Piráti mají europoslance, ČSSD propadla". Echo24. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
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