Elections to the Chamber of Deputies were held on 14th-15th June 2002. Polls closed at 14:00 on Saturday 15th June.
The Chamber of Deputies is the lower house of the Czech Parliament with 200 members, elected to a four-year term of office under a proportional voting system. Unlike the Senate, it can be dissolved in the course of an electoral term, leading to early elections. This is the Czech Republic's main legislative body. The June elections were held at the end of the current parliament's four-year mandate.
Later this year there will also be elections to the upper house, the Senate, which has 81 members, one third of whom come up for election every two years. Senators are elected by a simple majority system in 81 constituencies. The Senate can return bills to the lower house, but neither the Senate nor the President has a final power of veto. The next round of elections to the Senate is due in October 2002.
The President is elected to a five-year term of office by both chambers of the Czech Parliament. President Vaclav Havel's second and final term ends at the beginning of 2003.
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