Some municipalities in the Czech Republic are struggling with the influx of dozens of new residents. Although no one knows them there, they are applying for permanent residence. According to the mayors, this may be an attempt to influence the outcome of the upcoming municipal elections. So some municipalities have already decided to remove this population from the voter list. Elections are already taking place on Friday and Saturday.




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The Moldavian village in the Aur Mountains had a population of about 170 at the end of August. In September, 23 people moved, mostly adult men. According to independent mayor Lenka Novakova, who is running this year, due to the small number of voters, this could significantly affect the elections.

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“We think that it affects the election results. But we cannot predict who the new immigrant population will vote for,” he points out to Radiožurnál.

Moldova finally decided to remove 46 people from the voter list.

Novakova reported in an official document.

If they do not agree with the decision, they can go first to the municipal office, and possibly later to the court. The Ministry of Interior is aware of the decision, but has not yet commented on it.


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Police are currently investigating the events that took place in the mountain village. People moved to Moldavia repeatedly before the municipal elections – this also happened in 2018. At that time, the regional court in أوusti nad Labem dealt with the elections, but did not order their repetition.

The same court dismissed the complaint about the holding of municipal elections in 2005. At that time, 41 new residents of the municipality were registered before the municipal elections.

In 2014, there were 130 voters in Moldova, compared to 144 four years ago, and the voter turnout here was the highest in the entire region – 82 percent.

Houses to be demolished

But there are more similar places in the Czech Republic. In the past six weeks, more than 30 people have applied for permanent residence in the village of Lipova in Chepsko. It is almost the same as the last two years. Most of them are of legal age, have the right to vote, and according to independent mayor Vladimir Duda, this is a clear intention to change the balance of power before the municipal elections.

613 people have the right to vote in Lipova. With the average voter turnout in municipal elections, which is 65 percent, about 400 people will go to vote.


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A similar situation occurred in Bedichov in Yablonek. According to independent mayor Petar Holub, who is running in the election, a number of new residents were added even before the last election.

This year, more than two dozen new people have applied for permanent residence there. After the media coverage of the case, the people who announced that they would come to register did not finally arrive. According to the mayor, six black lives remained.

There are about 290 voters in the mountain resort in the Jazirah mountains. In this case, the mayor said what addresses you are introducing the new people to.

“These are two buildings destined for demolition. However, they still have a reference number. But no one lives there, and it is also uninhabitable.”

The six mentioned make up less than three percent of the electorate, so, according to the mayor, this should not affect the results, which is why he did not file a complaint with the police.

The court can decide

According to Ondřej Krátoška, ​​a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, if anyone suspects an election violation, they can submit a motion to invalidate the vote or elect a candidate to the Regional Court, no later than 10 days after the election results are announced.

He notes that “if it is established that the change of residence was purely intentional, it could also be classed as a criminal offense to disrupt the election.”

In the past, due to the emigration of the population, the court has already ordered a re-election, for example, in Karlov Studanik in Bruntalsk. The Ostrava Regional Court initially rejected the plaintiffs’ proposal, but the Constitutional Court reversed its decision.

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