EU citizens can vote in Czech local elections

Local elections are held in the Czech Republic every four years

This year’s local elections will take place on September 23 and 24, and EU citizens with at least temporary residence in the Czech Republic are also entitled to vote.

Municipal elections are held in the Czech Republic every four years, in which residents can elect regional municipal councils. In Prague, voters have the opportunity to elect the new mayor as well as city councilors and members of the city’s district councils.

These elections have a direct impact on the daily lives of Czech residents and directly affect a variety of local issues, including decisions about transportation, urban development, and tourism.

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Foreigners who are going to vote for the first time must register with the municipal office of their permanent place of residence in order to be entered on the voters’ list.

Adults over the age of 18 are eligible to vote.

On election day, voters must bring an ID card or passport to the polling station. Completed ballot papers are placed in an envelope provided by the Electoral Commission and placed in a locked ballot box.

Czech local elections use a proportional voting system, with each voter having as many votes as there are city councilors – 65 in Prague – which can be distributed among candidates from all political parties.

Council members are then determined proportionally based on the number of votes given to each party.

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