Referendum on coalition continues after technical hitch

The head of the Public Affairs party Radek John said on Sunday that an internet referendum of party members on the three-way coalition agreement was proceeding without hitches. Voting on the programme for a centre-right government together with the Civic Democrats and TOP 09 was postponed on Friday following a technical problem with the server. It was resumed on Saturday. Mr. John said that a flash survey of the membership indicated that more than 10 percent had voted. That was the threshold set for the referendum to be valid. The referendum, in which around 17,000 members can take part, should end at 10 am on Monday with the results known the same day. All three parties should give their final verdict on the coalition agreement by the end of Monday.

Author: Chris Johnstone