The Czech general elections of 14-15 June will decide whether the Czech Republic will be led into the EU by a pro-European Socialist or a Euro-skeptic Conservative government.
The governing Social Democrats, headed by Vladimir Spidla, were at the top of opinion polls with 28 per cent of the votes before the election. However, they were closely followed by the Conservative Civic Democratic Party, led by Vaclav Klaus, who received 24 per cent of voting intentions.
The polling stations opened at 2pm Central Europe Time on Friday, 14 June, and will close at the same time on Saturday, 15 June. Exit polls are due almost immediately.
If the results are as close as predicted, the Czechs could get either a minority government or face a long period of coalition negotiations.