Presidential electoral campaign formally begins
The electoral campaign for the direct presidential elections formally began on Wednesday, 16 days ahead of the first round of voting. The individual candidates launched their campaigns much earlier; each of them will now also receive five hours of air time at the country’s public broadcasters, Czech TV and Czech Radio. The electoral campaign will cease two days before the first round of the vote, scheduled for January 11 and 12. Nine candidates are in the Czech presidential race; however, some unsuccessful aspirants intend to challenge the election process before court which could delay the election.