European Parliament election, 2014 (Czech Republic)

Czech Republic European Parliament election, 2014

24 and 25 May 2014

21 seats to the European Parliament
Turnout 18.2% 10.02 pp

  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader Pavel Telička Luděk Niedermayer Jan Keller
Party ANO TOP 09 ČSSD
Alliance ALDE EPP PES
Seats before new 0 7
Seats won 4 4 4
Seat change 4 4 3
Popular vote 244,501 241,747 214,800
Percentage 16.13% 15.95% 14.17%
Swing new 13.67% 8.21%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
 
Leader Kateřina Konečná Pavel Svoboda Jan Zahradil
Party KSČM KDU–ČSL ODS
Alliance PEL EPP AECR
Seats before 4 2 9
Seats won 3 3 2
Seat change 1 1 7
Popular vote 166,478 150,792 116,398
Percentage 10.98% 9.95% 7.67%
Swing 3.20% 2.31% 23.33%

  Seventh party
 
Leader Petr Mach
Party Svobodní
Alliance ADDE
Seats before new
Seats won 1
Seat change 1
Popular vote 79,540
Percentage 5.24%
Swing new

The Czech Republic component of the 2014 European Parliament election was held on 24 and 25 May 2014. In total, 21 Members of the European Parliament were elected using proportional representation (single district D'Hondt with a 5% threshold).

ANO won the election closely followed by the coalition of TOP 09 and STAN, themselves closely followed by ČSSD. A total of 7 parties gained seats, including the non-parliamentary Party of Free Citizens.[1] Election turnout was 18.2%, the second lowest of all participating countries after Slovakia.[2]

Results

Party Europarty Votes % +/– Seats +/–
ANO 2011 (ANO) ALDE244,50116.13New4New
TOP 09
STAN
EPP241,74715.95New3New
+13.671+1
Czech Social Democratic Party (ČSSD) PES214,80014.17−8.214−3
Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (KSČM) PEL166,47810.98−3.203−1
Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party (KDU-ČSL) EPP150,7929.95+2.313+1
Civic Democratic Party (ODS) AECR116,3987.67−23.782−7
Party of Free Citizens (Svobodní) ADDE79,5405.24+3.981+1
Czech Pirate Party (Piráti) None72,5144.78New00
Green Party (SZ) EGP57,2403.77+1.7100
Dawn of Direct Democracy (Úsvit) None47,3063.12New0New
Party of Common Sense (Rozumní) None24,7241.63−2.630New
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia None8,5490.56New0New
Right Bloc None8,0280.52−0.4800
SNK European Democrats None7,9610.52−1.1400
DSSS – SPE None7,9020.52−0.5600
Liberal-Environmental Party None7,5140.49New0New
No To Brussels - National Democracy None7,1090.46New0New
LEV 21 None7,0990.46New0New
Public Affairs None6,9890.46−1.9400
Moravané EFA6,6140.43+0.0400
VIZE 2014 None3,6980.24New0New
Civic Conservative Party None3,4810.22New0New
Labour Party – Disgruntled Citizens None2,8990.19New0New
Czech Party of Regions None2,5350.16New0New
Koruna česká None2,4340.16−0.0300
Club of Committed Non-Party Members None2,3790.15New0New
Republic None2,2400.14New0New
Czech Sovereignty None2,0860.13New0New
Hnutí Sociálne Slabých None1,6850.11New0New
Citizens 2011 None1,2990.08New0New
The Assets of Independent Citizens None1,2420.08New0New
Roma Democratic Party None1,1850.07New0New
Republican Party of Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia None1,1000.07New0New
Fair Play – HNPD None1,1000.07−0.2200
Antibursík – stop ekoteroru! None7610.05New0New
The Party of Equal Opportunities None6400.04New0New
Evropani.cz None6310.04New0New
Czech National Social Party None5020.03=00
Total-1,527,36710021-1
Registered voters/turnout-8,395,13218.20
Source:[1]

† observer

Elected

The seats were given out within the parties to the candidates who received the preference votes, if number of preference votes exceeds 5% of votes for party (highlighted by bold), otherwise to the candidates by its order on party candidate list. 8 of 21 elected candidates are non-partisans (4 elected for ANO, 3 for TOP 09 and STAN and 1 for ČSSD).

ANO
  1. Pavel Telička50,784 votes
  2. Petr Ježek – 5,301 votes
  3. Dita Charanzová – 8 356 votes
  4. Martina Dlabajová – 4,789 votes
TOP 09 and STAN
  1. Jiří Pospíšil77,724 votes
  2. Luděk Niedermayer37,171 votes
  3. Jaromír Štětina18,951 votes
  4. Stanislav Polčák – 11,997 votes
ČSSD
  1. Jan Keller57,812 votes
  2. Olga Sehnalová10,955 votes
  3. Pavel Poc – 3,818 votes
  4. Miroslav Poche – 3,692 votes
KSČM
  1. Kateřina Konečná28,154 votes
  2. Miloslav Ransdorf14 384 votes
  3. Jiří Maštálka11,525 votes
KDU-ČSL
  1. Michaela Šojdrová22,220 votes
  2. Pavel Svoboda21,746 votes
  3. Tomáš Zdechovský – 5,063 votes
ODS
  1. Jan Zahradil19,892 votes
  2. Evžen Tošenovský16,514 votes
Svobodní
  1. Petr Mach13,211 votes

Campaign finances

PartyČSSDANOTOP 09ODSKSČMSZÚSVITKDU-ČSL
Money spent[3]25,000,000 Kč18,500,000 Kč10,000,000 Kč10,000,000 Kč8,000,000 Kč7,000,000 Kč5,500,000 Kč5,000,000 Kč

Opinion polls

Date Polling Firm ANO ČSSD KSČM TOP 09 ODS ÚSVIT KDU-ČSL SZ PIRÁTI SVOBODNÍ Others Turnout
24–25 May Election 16.1 14.2 11.0 16.0 7.7 3.1 10.0 3.8 4.8 5.2 18.2
24 May iDnes 15.5 17.0 11.0 18.0 9.5 2.0 9.5 4.5 3.5 4.5
Exit polls
5–12 May CVVM 25.0 23.0 11.0 8.0 6.0 1.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 35.0
14–21 Apr STEM 24.7 18.5 11.9 10.7 7.4 2.0 6.7 2.0 1.9 2.6 11.6
12–15 Apr Data Collect 22.2 14.1 11.1 9.6 7.6 8.9 3.8 2.9 3.4 4.8 11.6 32.4
8–13 Apr Sanep 23.2 20.1 14.5 8.2 5.4 3.2 5.2 2.9 3.2 n/a 14.1 27.4

Threshold complaint

Green Party and Pirate Party narrowly failed to reach 5% threshold. Both parties decided to deliver a complaint to Supreme Administrative Court. They were inspired by Germany, where the threshold was abolished.[4] The court did not decide about the complaint and sent it to the Constitutional Court.[5] Constitutional Court rejected the complaint on 1 June 2015. According to the court, abolishing the threshold would lead to less effective European Parliament as it would be fragmented too much.[6]

If the threshold was abolished for 2014 elections Green Party and Pirate Party would get 1 MEP. Social Democrats and Christian Democrats would have 1 MEP less on the other hand.[7]

References

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