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ODS loses half of voters, ČSSD two-fifths in regional polls

15 October 2012

Prague, Oct 14 (CTK) - The senior government Civic Democrats (ODS) lost a half of their voters and the Social Democrats (CSSD) two-fifths in the Friday-Saturday regional elections in the Czech Republic, according to a comparison with the previous regional polls in 2008.

The CSSD was supported by three-fifths of people who voted for it four years ago when the party won in all 13 regions and filled the posts of all regional governors.

On the contrary, the Communists (KSCM) gained 100,000 new votes.

The Social Democrats won in nine regions, the Communists in two, and the Mayors for the Liberec Region and the ODS each in one region.

The Social Democrats suffered the biggest loss in the Moravian-Silesian Region where they gained only 27.2 percent of the vote, compared to 42.6 percent four years ago. In 2008, some 162,400 people voted for the CSSD in this region, while this year it was 87,700.

On the contrary, the CSSD lost the lowest share of voters in the South Bohemia Region where it won 28 percent, compared to 33.8 percent in 2008. The number of CSSD voters decreased from 68,850 to 53,750.

The ODS has almost kept its position in the Plzen Region, the only region where the party won. Its support dropped only by 0.3 percent to 26.5 percent and the number of voters from some 47,000 in 2008 to 44,160.

The ODS suffered the worst loss in the Moravian-Silesian Region where it was supported by 24.9 percent four years ago but now only by 9.9 percent. The number of ODS voters in the region decreased from 94,870 to 31,740.

The KSCM has improved its position mainly in the Plzen Region where the number of its voters rose from 31,370 in 2008 to 34,920 and the party gained 20.93 percent of the vote, which is 3.4 percentage points more than in the previous regional elections.

The Communists gained the highest support of 22.8 percent in the Olomouc Region, compared to 2008 when they received 15.8 percent. Four years ago, some 30,800 people voted for the KSCM, now it was 40,380.

Candidates of a total of 19 parties and movements were elected to the regional assemblies. Another three movements will enter them within various coalitions.

The most colourful assemblies will be in the South Bohemia and Pardubice regions, each comprising ten parties and movements.

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