After Transparency International observed local elections in five towns in the Czech Republic last autumn, they were repeated following suspected manipulation. One of them was challenged again even after the re-run, where poor and homeless local voters were said to have been offered between 500 and 1,000 Crowns (about £17.50 to £35) to vote for a particular party, led by a former communist secret police agent.
The Czech Interior Ministry and Transparency International are now proposing to introduce a new crime to punish the buying of votes in elections, after concern that current Czech law would not cover such conduct. Other practices appear to have involved the registration of voters in different districts immediately before the polls. Transparency International has proposed a longer residence period of a few months before voting is allowed in that district The Czech Courts have annulled the polls and ordered re-runs.