published: 14.10.2012, 08:48 | updated: 14.10.2012 08:52:36
Prague - The Czech opposition Social Democrats (CSSD) could gain minimally nine Senate mandates in the 23 wards in which their candidates advanced to the second round, the senior ruling Civic Democrats (ODS) in six, according to the estimates based on the first round results.
The first round was held on Friday and Saturday. The second one will be held in a week.
The Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL) have a chance of winning in both wards in which they advanced to the second round.
The Communists (KSCM) will probably minimally win in the Chomutov, north Bohemia, ward where Vaclav Holomek has a chance of defending his seat.
Former Constitutional Court judge Eliska Wagnerova (for the Greens, SZ) may become senator in Brno, Agrarian Chamber president Jan Veleba (independent) in the Chrudim ward and businessman Leopold Sulovsky (for the Ostravak movement) in Ostrava, north Moravia.
The final voting in six wards may be very tight.
Experts predict fewer people will come to the polling stations in the second round which could put the CSSD at a disadvantage. The party has long been battling a weaker voter core and it cannot rely on the votes of all its supporters.
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