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EU election: voting underway in Czech Republic

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Voting is underway in the Czech Republic where the ballot is taking place over two half-days to give people a chance to vote.

Czechs will elect 22 MEPs out of more than 700 candidates, but like elsewhere in Europe, low turnout remains a concern. Former president Vaclav Havel was among those casting their ballot. He said it was an important vote for the Czech Republic, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, to play a part in the decision-making process in Europe. The ballot is widely seen as a test of satisfaction ahead of this autumn’s early parliamentary election. It is expected to turn into a duel between the two main rivals – the right-wing Civic Democrats of former premier Mirek Topolanek, and the leftist Social Democrats, who succeeded in ousting Topolanek’s government halfway through the country’s EU presidency.