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KDU-ČSL maintained its position as a strong and stable party in the Senate

Added 10/10/2020
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The second round of the Senate elections has just ended. The People's Party won three seats and thus maintained its position as a strong party in the upper chamber of the Czech Parliament. Jitka Seitlová, Josef Klement and Josef Bazala succeeded in the second round. A few dozen votes decided that the senatorial club would not be strengthened by Jaroslav Klaška from the Vyškov region and Luboš Peterka, who sought election in the Strakonice district.
"I believed we would be able to defend our seats. I have to say that we are sorry that about 70 voters decided that we do not have five seats, but only three. We will have to continue to work intensively to put up quality candidates in the next elections," said KDU-ČSL chairman Marian Jurečka after the results were announced.

Josef Bazala (KDU-ČSL) had a clear victory in the Uherské Hradiště region over Ivo Valenta. The mayor of Staré město received 13 172 votes, which was 4 500 more than the gambling king. "I managed to win, I appreciate it immensely. It was a fair and clean campaign," said fresh senator Bazala. "I am very happy that in our Zlín Region we have four senators from five districts," added 1st Vice President and Senator Šárka Jelínková.

Senator Jitka Seitlová, an experienced senator, also defended her mandate in the Přerov region, receiving 2 000 more votes than her opponent from the ANO movement in the second round. "With a lower turnout, I managed to achieve a beautiful result," Seitlová commented afterwards, thanking all the voters and volunteers who helped her with her campaign.

The last successful KDU-ČSL candidate was Josef Klement from Žďár nad Sázovou, who defeated ČSSD Vice-Chair Michal Šmarda in the second round by 3 500 votes. "I received slightly more votes than in the first round, although the turnout was half as high. I thank everyone who gave me their vote, I will try not to disappoint them," Klement said, adding that the campaign was fair and Šmarda was certainly not an easy opponent.

The KDU-ČSL also supported the candidates who succeeded in the second round and will thus sit on the benches of the upper chamber for the next six years. They are Tomáš Třetina (Znojemsko), Jan Grulich (Rychnov nad Kněžnou), Václav Láska (Prague 8) and Lumír Aschenbrenner (Plzeň-město).