Prague - The European Parliament (EP) elections are unauthentic and redundant, former Czech president Vaclav Klaus, known as a Eurosceptic, said after he cast his vote today.
Bývalý prezident Václav Klaus odevzdal 24. května v Praze svůj hlas ve volbách do Evropského parlamentu ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Klaus said he participated in the elections "with great misgivings" and that he did not read the parties´ manifestos.
He said the low turnout [which ranges between 10 and 15 percent for now] testifies to that more and more people realise that the attempt to centralise and artificially manage Europe form one place is a mistake.
"I must say this may have been for the first time since the fall of communism 25 years ago that I was hesitating very strongly about whether to go to the polls," Klaus said.
He justified this saying he has no political party which he would keep in high respect and that he fundamentally disagrees with the idea of European Parliament. He did not say for which grouping he cast his vote.
Klaus´s successor, Milos Zeman, voted on Saturday already. He ascribed the low turnout to that Czechs are not much serious about the EU and they mistakenly believe that it does not concern them. However, up to 80 percent of laws that are passed in this country come from the EU, Zeman said.
Zeman also came out in favour of participation in domestic elections being obligatory.
Klaus does not share this idea. "We had compulsory, or almost compulsory participation under communism. I do not know whether anyone else but the president wants to return to this," Klaus said.
The Czechs started to choose their 21 MEPs on Friday afternoon. The polling stations close at 14:00 CEST today. Slovaks are also choosing their MEPs today. the Polling stations will close at 22:00.
The results will be released late at night on Sunday.