Sums, signatures and law suits: Why the Czech Republic’s first popular presidential elections may be delayed

As reported last Friday, the first direct election of the president of the Czech Republic might be delayed. On Friday, Klara Samkova, a lawyer who had failed to collect the 50,000 signatures to start in the elections but had filed her candidacy anyway, announced that she would petition the Czech Constitutional Court to declare the law on the direct presidential elections unconstitutional. She did not give any specific (legal) reasons for her decision, yet her move itself threatens to delay the presidential election set for 11./12. January 2013. With the constitutionality of the law being questioned and less than two months left to the date of the election, the Constitutional Court would have the power to suspend the law or temporarily delay the elections until all problems have been considered (and possibly solved). Continue reading