Four electoral political parties, the individually run YES and SPD movements, and two coalitions of five parties struggled to enter the House of Representatives. Voters’ motivation to decide in elections reached its highest level since 1998, with turnout exceeding 65 percent.
A total of 5,375,090 voters intervened in the election race and voted valid in the election. But one-fifth failed; a total of 1,069,359 voters will have no impact on parliamentary policy. In these cases, voters voted for parties that did not exceed the required limit for the votes to be converted into seats.
Many pre-election polls showed several relatively important political parties around 5 percent. This was CSSD, KSCM, and even Robert Slachta’s newly formed band THE OWL. All three parties eventually failed.
The best of these was the formation of Robert Šlachta, who described the result as a great success and at the same time a great commitment to the electorate. The Oath received even more votes than the Social Democrats, while the Communists had the least support. Only these three parties were elected by almost seven hundred thousand voters. More than 370,000 voters cast their votes for political formations that did not receive even 3% of support.
Most lost votes since 1996
Never have so many votes been lost in parliamentary elections. The current maximum was the 2010 election, with more than 985,000 votes for parties other than the lower house. On the contrary, the least of them took place in 2006, when non-parliamentary parties received 319 thousand votes.
The new electoral system may have played a role in losing so many votes. Voters had no experience with it and did not know how proportionally it would act and what results it would show. They may have been motivated to vote for smaller parties in the hope that parties would break the 5% threshold and gain more seats than they did four years ago.
Another factor is undoubtedly that similarly programmed parties target similar voters. Then voices rose between the parties. An example is parties that oppose solutions around the covid-19 outbreak and reject quarantine. Of the non-parliamentary parties, for example, was the Tricolor, Free and Private, followed by the Free Bloc, We Open Czechia and Swiss Democracy coalition. Together, they received more than a quarter of a million votes.