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Election to Municipal Councils - Information for Voters

Nationals of Other States on the Manner of Voting in the Election to Municipal Councils to be held on 15 and 16 October 2010 

General Information

The election to Municipal Councils has been declared by the Czech President's Decision No. 207/2010 Coll. dated 18 June 2010.
The election to municipal councils shall be held in two days, namely on Friday, 15 October 2010, from 2 pm till 10 pm, and on Saturday, 16 October 2010, from 8 am till 2 pm.
Pursuant to Section 4 (1) of Act No. 491/2001 Coll., on Elections to Representative Bodies of Municipalities and on Amendments to Certain Other Laws as amended (hereinafter referred to as the „Municipal Councils Elections Act“), the right to vote shall have, beside the Czech nationals, also nationals of other States to whom such right has been granted through an international convention binding on the Czech Republic and promulgated in the Collection of International Treaties, provided they have attained the age of 18 on the second polling day at the latest (i.e. 16 October 2010) and, as at the polling day, are registered as permanent residents in the municipality.
Currently, this only relates to nationals of the EU Member States, because the Treaty of Czech Republic's Accession to the European Union (Communication No. 44/2004 Coll. of Int. Treaties) is the only international treaty meeting the prerequisites laid down by the Municipal Councils Elections Act. Nationals of the Member States of the European Union (Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of Bulgaria, Kingdom of Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Hellenic Republic, Kingdom of Spain, French Republic, Ireland, Italian Republic, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Austrian Republic, Portuguese Republic, Republic of Finland, Kingdom of Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Hungary, Republic of Malta, Republic of Poland, Republic of Romania, Republic of Slovenia and Slovak Republic) who meet the conditions for being granted the right to vote need to apply for being included on the addendum to the permanent electoral roll.
Pursuant to Section 28 (1) of the Municipal Councils Elections Act, the addendum to the permanent electoral roll (hereinafter referred to as the „Addendum“) is kept by municipal offices, city offices, town halls (magistrats) in the territorially undivided statutory cities, city area offices or city district offices in the territorially divided statutory cities and city part offices in the City of Prague (hereinafter collectively referred to as the „Municipal Offices“) in respect of voters - nationals of other States who have permanent residence within their territory.
Voters - nationals of other States may lodge their applications for inclusion on the Addendum to the Municipal Offices at any time (including now) until the Addendum's closing day, which is two days in advance of the polling day at four o'clock pm, i.e. until 4 pm on 13 October 2010. Such application can be made in writing (in which case it has to be delivered to the Municipal Office before 4 pm on 13 October 2010) or in person. It shall be apparent from the application that the applicant is seeking to be included on the Addendum and the applicant shall indicate as a minimum his/her first name, surname, date of birth as well as their place of permanent stay (address) in order to facilitate identification.
If an application is made in person, the written form shall not be required because the competent official of the Municipal Office executing an official record will include the required data into it based on documents presented to him by the applicant and comprising such required data (e.g. a residence permit).
Any voter - national of another State who has not applied for inclusion on the Addendum shall not be allowed to vote in the election to municipal councils.
A voter may be removed from the Addendum if a voter so requests or has lost his/her right to vote.

General Administration Department, 9th August 2010

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