Prague - A total of 38 groupings will run in the Czech Republic in the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, Interior Ministry´s spokesman Vladimir Repka told CTK today, adding that the ministry received 39 applications and excluded one of them.
The ministry excluded the minor Czechoslovak Socialist Party over its failure to pay a 15,000-crown contribution to the election costs and to meet the required criteria.
In spite of this, the 38 running groupings, including all seven parties in parliament, are a record number.
In the EU elections five years ago, 33 groupings sought voters´ support.
Of the running groupings´ individual candidates, the ministry excluded three, all running for small extra-parliamentary parties, over their failure to meet the nomination criteria.
The deleted candidates were originally fielded by the Czech Party of Regions, the Citizens 2011 grouping and the Czech Crown monarchist grouping.
The ministry also rejected the candidacy of Stefan Szabo, who wanted to run in the polls as an independent candidate.
In the elections to the European Parliament, like in the elections to the Czech Chamber of Deputies, only parties, movements and their coalitions can run. Moreover, Szabo submitted his application a week after the deadline, Repka said.
The EU elections in the Czech Republic will be held on May 23-24.