Czech CSSD internal referendum is valid, turnout 52 percent


06.08.2014 11:50

Prague - Over 52 percent of the Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) participated in an internal referendum and therefore its results, which will be announced in the evening, are binding on the senior government party, the CSSD´s press section told CTK today.


Sociální demokraté sčítali 6. srpna v Praze hlasy vnitrostranického referenda, které může výrazně ovlivnit budoucnost strany. Hlasování rozhodne například o způsobu výběru kandidátů do voleb, zastoupení žen na kandidátkách nebo kumulaci funkcí. ČTK Doležal Michal

The CSSD statutes might be changed on the basis of the referendum´s results at the next congress to be held in March, 2015.

The party started assessing the results in the morning.

Turnout was 52.19 percent, which means 11,783 votes out of over 22,500 party members eligible to vote, according to the first information.

"I consider the more than 52-percent turnout a great success that expresses our members´ interest in participating in the party´s modernisation and the strengthening of its democratic principles," CSSD chairman and Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said.

The minimum turnout for the referendum to be valid was 25 percent. Thirty-one Social Democrats are counting the votes.

The CSSD leadership is to release the results at a press conference in its seat at 18:30 today.

Out of the three referendum questions, most Social Democrats consider the most important the question whether all party members or only part of its elites (like at present) should assist in selecting election candidates.

Other questions are to decide on women´s stronger representation on the lists of candidates for general and regional elections (at least 40 percent) and on preventing the plurality of offices.

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