Information on elections

Presidential elections were held on 13 and 14 January in a first round while a second round will take place on 27 and 28 January.

Electoral results
First round

Petr Pavel (Independent): 1,975,056 votes, 35.40%
Andrej Babiš (ANO party/ center-right): 1,952,213 votes, 34.99%

Second round

Petr Pavel (Independent): 3,359,151 votes, 58.32%
Source: Czech Statistical Office

About the electoral system

From 1993 to 2008 presidents were chosen by both chambers of parliament in three voting rounds. Since the 2013 election, the president is chosen directly by the electorate in a two-round process. In the second round, the top two candidates from the first round compete against one another. Presidents serve for a five-year term. A candidate needs 50,000 voter signatures, the endorsement of 20 deputies, or ten senators in order to be included on the ballot. 66 days before the day of the election, the candidate must submit their application and signatures. The Ministry of Interior will then examine a sample of the signatures.

Selected articles

Pro-Western retired general leads first round in Czech presidential election, 14 January, (Politico)

Czech Presidential elections: Eight condenders, three favourites, two days of voting, 12 January, (EuroNews)

Ex-NATO General Leads Polls Before Czech Presidential Run-Off, 22 January, (Bloomberg)