Czech President Milos Zeman has taken an early lead as votes are counted within the presidential election.
With 20% of leads to, he had 44% with nearest rival Jiri Drahos on 23%.
Nevertheless, the BBC’s Rob Cameron in Prague says there are indications that the election will go to a second spherical later this month.
Mr Zeman, 73, is looking for a second five-year time period however has stoked controversy along with his outspoken views and pro-Russian stance.
Turnout within the first spherical, which happened over two days, was about 60%, election officers mentioned.
If a second spherical is confirmed, it’s anticipated to be held on 26-27 January.
Mr Zeman is well-liked in rural areas, the place his forthright views on immigrants and political correctness ring a bell, our correspondent says.
Nevertheless, city voters usually tend to agree along with his pro-European challengers, who say he has poisoned the political ambiance and unsettled allies.
The primary spherical of voting handed uneventfully other than a semi-naked protester who tried to disrupt Mr Zeman casting his vote in Prague on Friday.
The topless girl from the feminist group Femen accused him of being within the pocket of Russian President Vladimir Putin. She was bundled away and Mr Zeman then solid his poll, however was visibly shaken by the incident.