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December 14, 2017 6:00 am | FILED UNDER: politics

Drahos Crushes Zeman with 34% of Vote

By ČTK

Prague, Dec 13 (CTK) – Former Academy of Sciences head Jiri Drahos won the simulated Czech student presidential election, organised by the People in Need NGO for all types of secondary schools and held on Tuesday and Wednesday, with 33.6 percent of the vote, the organisers told CTK today.

 

Drahos was followed by current President Milos Zeman, who gained almost 20 percent of the vote, and physician Marek Hilser with 13.2 percent of the vote.

 

A total of 43,559 secondary school students out of 384 schools participated in the poll.

 

The students were choosing the president out of the nine candidates whose applications for the presidential election were approved by the Interior Ministry.

 

Former ambassador to France Pavel Fischer ranked fourth with 9.6 percent, followed by businessman and lyricist Michal Horacek with 9.3 percent of the vote.

 

Former PM Mirek Topolanek received 6.3 percent of the vote, while Jiri Hynek, head of the Czech Defence and Security Industry Association, received 3 percent of the students’ votes.

 

Musician Petr Hannig and former Skoda Auto company board chairman Vratislav Kulhanek received 2.7 and 2.4 percent of the vote respectively.

 

Out of the total of 397 participating schools, there were 171 grammar schools and 213 vocational schools. All students over 15 were eligible, while the legal age for the participation in elections is 18.

 

The purpose of the elections was to stimulate active and responsible citizenship of the future first-time voters.

 

Outcome of student presidential election:

 

Order

Name of candidate

Total of votes

In percent

1.

Jiri Drahos

14,630

33.59

2.

Milos Zeman

8689

19.95

3.

Marek Hilser

5764

13.23

4.

Pavel Fischer

4169

9.57

5.

Michal Horacek

4035

9.26

6.

Mirek Topolanek

2723

6.25

7.

Jiri Hynek

1323

3.04

8.

Petr Hannig

1186

2.72

9.

Vratislav Kulhanek

1040

2.39

 

Source: People in Need

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