Parliamentary Elections 2013
04.09.2013 / 01:25
The Czech Republic president Miloš Zeman gave his approving assent to dissolve the Parliament on August 28, and announced new parliamentary elections for 25 26 October 2013. After resignation of the Czech government led by Prime Minister Petr Nečas in June. a caretaker government led by Jiří Rusnok had lost a vote of confidence on 7 August. The Parliament then voted yes to a motion to dissolve itself on August 20. The elections will take place in the Czech Republic, but votes living abroad have the right to cast their votes at Czech Republic Embassies and Consulates General worldwide, including Consulate General in Los Angeles. Notice: Due to different time-zone, the elections will be held at the Consulate of the Czech Republic earlier, on Oct 24 -25, 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM.
Voting as a permanent/long-term resident abroad
For citizens of the Czech Republic with long-term or permanent residence abroad, the law allowsregistration into a special electoral registry administered by Embassies and Consulates General, based on his/her written request. This request must be supported by valid identification document (passport, Czech Republic ID card, US driver’s license), citizenship of the Czech Republic (Czech Republic ID card, Czech Republic passport, Certificate of Czech Republic citizenship) and proof of permanent residence (US driver’s license, energy bills) in the consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General in Los Angeles. The entire application must be submitted no later than 40 days before the elections date, therefore if eligible voters want to vote, they need to submit their request to Consulate General by September 15, 2013. There is no prescribed form of application, however the form can be downloaded from the website of Consulate General in Los Angeles.
As a reminder, registering into the special voter’s registry at the Embassy/Consulate will automatically remove the citizen from regular voter registration list in the Czech Republic.
If a prospective voter will be outside their long-term/permanent residence at the time of the election, Czech Embassy/Consulate can issue an electoral ID card at the voter’s request for those who are listed in the special voters registry. This ID card authorizes the vote to be cast outside the long-term/permanent place of residence, including any election district abroad or even an election district in the territory of the Czech Republic.
The electoral ID card request must be delivered to the Consulate General in Los Angeles no later than October 18, 2013, or requested by personal appearance at the Consulate General in Los Angeles no later than October 23 till 4:00 PM. The Consulate General in Los Angeles will start issuing electoral ID cards on October 10, 2013.
Voting while on short-term stay abroad
Czech citizens who will only temporarily be abroad must still register for an electoral ID card. In this case the electoral ID card must be issued in the Czech Republic prior a short stay abroad, within the jurisdiction of the registry closest to their permanent residence.
The electoral ID card request must be delivered to the Municipal authority no later than October 18, 2013, or requested by personal appearance no later than October 23 till 4:00 PM.
For detailed information please visit the website of the Consulate General at www.mzv.cz/losangeles.