Prague - Local elections in the Czech Republic will be held on October 10-11, together with the first round of the Senate elections, President Milos Zeman has decided, his press department announced today.
The decision needs to be countersigned by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD), who previously said he is not opposed to Friday, October 10, and Saturday, October 11 as the election date.
Zeman heralded the probable election date on a visit to the north Bohemian Liberec region earlier this week.
In reaction to him, Sobotka said the date in question is no surprise. As a result, Sobotka can be expected to countersign Zeman´s decision soon.
In the local elections, Czechs will choose more than 62,000 members of town assemblies, mainly from among candidates fielded by local groupings.
Out of the major political parties, the highest number of town assembly seats, about 5200, will be defended by the Civic Democrats (ODS), followed by the CSSD with 4700 present seats, the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL, 3900).
In the Senate polls, one-third of the upper house´s 81 seats will be contested. In the relevant 27 wards, the senators´ six-year mandate expires this year.
The deadline for parties to submit their lists of candidates for both the local and Senate election is August 5.
By August 23 it is to be clear if all candidates have met the required criteria and can run in the elections.