Court receives 61 complaints about Czech general election
Brno, Nov 6 (CTK) – The Supreme Administrative Court (NSS) has received 61 complaints about a possible breach of the election law during the recent Czech general election, CTK found out from the court’s database after the deadline for the submission of complaints expired on Friday at 16:00.
This is half more than after the previous election to the Chamber of Deputies in 2013, when 42 complaints were submitted, while none was evaluated as having an impact on the election results.
The court wants to decide on all election complaints before the Chamber of Deputies’ constituent session that President Milos Zeman summoned on November 20, court spokeswoman Sylva Dostalova told CTK.
A majority of the complaints were submitted by voters and two by marginal political parties: the Democratic Party of the Greens (DSZ) and the Republican Party of Czechoslovakia (SPR-RSC).
DSZ chairman Jiri Anderle pointed out a different way of adding preferential votes, requesting the recounting of the votes in four constituencies in west Bohemia. Anderle claimed that the election commissions automatically gave four preferential votes to the first four candidates, even if no one was circled, that is given a preferential vote, on the given ballot paper.
The content of the SPR-RSC’s complaint is not known since the court does not publish details of the complaints before deciding on them.
At least ten voters from across the Czech Republic criticised the fact that independent candidates cannot run in the election. One man from the Prague 10 district claimed that small and big parties did not have an equal position as regards financing and access to media.
The NSS will meet to deal with the complaints for the first time on Tuesday. All complaints must be decided on within 20 days of their submission, so the deadline for decision-making is November 23.
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