published: 11.09.2013, 07:41 | updated: 11.09.2013 07:43:53
Prague - Martin Weiss says in daily Lidove noviny (LN) today the latest opinion polls indicating that up to nine parties may enter Czech parliament are not good news if one believes that the election should confirm the importance of parliamentary democracy tested by an ambitious president.
With up to nine parties in parliament, a functioning government coalition can hardly be formed, especially if three of the parties are unpredictable newcomers, Weiss writes, referring to the ANO of billionaire Andrej Babis, the Dawn of Direct Democracy of Tomio Okamura and the Party of Citizens´ Rights - the Zemanites (SPOZ).
Moreover, the election turnout may be below 60 percent, Weiss says.
These opinion polls may mean nothing at all, however, he points out.
More and more people make up their mind only in the last few days before the election because the news cycle is much faster now with the Internet, social networks and a special news TV channel, Weiss writes.
Some parties have not yet started their campaign and the election result of the new groupings is hard to predict, he says.
The time needed for a piece of news to be considered by the public, then forgotten and replaced by another news item is much shorter than ten years ago as well as the time by which the public can get fed up by a new political slogan or leader, Weiss writes.
Some may believe that the more parties in parliament, the better because this in fact shows how democratic the system is, but it is not true, Jan Keller writes in Pravo in connection with the latest opinion polls.
In theory, up to 20 parties, all winning 5 percent of the vote, might win some of the 200 seats in the lower house of Czech parliament, Keller says.
Such a multicoloured parliament would show the mistrust in parliamentary democracy among Czech citizens, however, Keller concludes.
The Social Democrat (CSSD) election campaign should have been more modest than those held before the previous elections, costing only 85 million crowns, but finally charismatic Jaroslav Tvrdik, strategist and grey eminence, appeared on the scene to prevent this and to save the party, Vaclav Dolejsi says in Mlada fronta Dnes (MfD).
Dolejsi recalls that the CSSD still has to pay a debt of 250 million crowns due to the massive campaign waged under former leader Jiri Paroubek in 2010.
This campaign was organised by Tvrdik, he adds.
Tvrdik still mainly focuses on trading in China these days, yet he is willing to return to his homeland and help his friends from time to time, Dolejsi writes with irony.
CSSD first deputy chairman Michal Hasek, the leader of the party´s wing supporting President Milos Zeman, has chosen Tvrdik as his advisor, Dolejsi notes.
Dolejsi says Tvrdik is a marvellous speaker.
Tvrdik was able to win the trust of the employees the the then state-run CSA airlines by his enthusiasm, but the company still has not managed to recover from the years he had headed it, Dolejsi writes.
It is hardly understandable that a part of the CSSD is eagerly listening to Tvrdik and has not forced him to leave, Dolejsi writes.
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