Polls suggest the Czech Republic’s Social Democratic (CSSD) party is on course to win the country’s parliamentary election, but will need partners in order to form a government.
The left-wing CSSD has enjoyed a surge in support after the centre-right administration of Prime Minister Petr Necas resigned in June mired in a corruption scandal.
Necas’ government brought in a series of unpopular budget cuts. The CSSD has pledged to raise taxes on banks, large corporations and high earners.
One voter said: “I thought about my vote for a long time but it was always the Social Democrats who came up. I trust them the most.”
But another had his doubts, saying: “The Social Democrats are promising a nice future but I don’t think they can fulfil their promises. It is better to have hard times than to end up like Greece or Spain.”
Polls close at midday local time on October 26, with initial results expected in the afternoon.