Jan. 11, 2013, midnight
The first round of voting for the President of the Czech Republic was held on January 11th and 12, 2013. Nine candidates participated in the first round of the election, which marked the first direct election for President in the history of the Czech Republic. Former Prime Minister Milos Zemen of the Party of Civic Rights – Zemanovci / Strana Práv Občanů – Zemanovci gained the most votes in the first round, taking 24.22 percent (1,245,848 votes). Finishing second was Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg of the Tradition Responsibility Prosperity 09 Party / Tradice Odpovĕdnost Prosperita 09 with 23.41 percent (1,204,195) of the vote. Former Prime Minister Jan Fischer had been expected to make the runoff, but suffered from a poor pre-election debate, receiving only 16.36 percent (841,437) votes.
As no candidate gained more than 50 percent plus one of the votes, a run-off will be held on 25 and 26 January 2013. The winner of the second round will be inaugurated as president on March 7, 2013. During the first round 5,171,666 (61.31 percent) Czechs voted.