Polling stations open for regional and Senate elections
Polling stations opened across the country at 2 PM on Friday for Czechs to vote in Senate and regional elections. Voters will choose assemblies in 13 of the country’s 14 regions – with the exception of Prague. Voting is held in conjunction with elections to a third of the Senate. Polling stations will close at 10 PM on Friday to reopen the next day between 8 AM and 2 PM. Some 10 percent of the voters turned up in the course of first few hours, the news agency ČTK reported.
At present, the opposition Social Democrats head governments in all the regions and look set to maintain much of that advantage. The elections are widely perceived as an indicator of public opinion on the government’s austerity drive.