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Czech Republic (Parliamentary - upper house)
COUNTRY ELECTION TYPE DATE
Czech Republic Parliamentary First Round: November 13-14, 1998
Second Round: November 20-21, 1998
At stake in this election:
  • Seats in the Senate: 27
Description of government structure:
  • Bicameral parliament: The Czech Republic's bicameral parliament consists of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.
  • Senate: The Senate is composed of 81 members directly elected by simple majority vote for six-year terms. One-third of the Senate (27 members) are elected every two years.
  • Chamber of Deputies: The Chamber of Deputies is composed of 200 members directly elected by a system of proportional representation for four-year terms.
Results of the electoral race:
  • Party: Civic Democratic Party (ODS)
    Leader: Vaclav KLAUS
    Seats won in this election to the Senate: 9
    Seats won in last election to the Senate: 32

  • Party: Christian Democratic Union - Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU-CSL)
    Leader: Jan KASAL
    Seats won in this election to the Senate: 5
    Seats won in last election to the Senate: 13

  • Party: Civic Democratic Alliance (ODA)
    Leader: Daniel KROUPA
    Seats won in this election to the Senate: 4
    Seats won in last election to the Senate: 7

  • Party: Czech Social Democratic Party (CSSD)
    Leader: Milos ZEMAN
    Seats won in this election to the Senate: 2
    Seats won in last election to the Senate: 25

  • Party: Communist Party (KSCM)
    Leader: Miroslav GREBENICEK
    Seats won in this election to the Senate: 2
    Seats won in last election to the Senate: 2

  • Party: Freedom Union (US)
    Leader: Jan RUML
    Seats won in this election to the Senate: 1
    Seats won in last election to the Senate: 0

  • Note: The November 1998 election marked the first time in which a Senate election was held to decide one-third (27) of the body's members; previously, all 81 members of the Senate were up for election in each general poll.
When was the last election? Number of seats in last election?
  • Elections to the Senate last held: November 15-16 and 22-23, 1996
  • Seats decided in the last election to the Senate: 81
Population and number of registered voters:
  • Population: 10,298,324 (July 1997 estimate)
  • Number of registered voters: 8,116,836
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTION SYSTEMS (IFES)
For additional information: IFES ElectionGuide Online









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