PRAGUE, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The first direct presidential election in the Czech Republic has ended at 14:00 local time (GMT 1300) Saturday.
The turnout are expected to be revealed sometime later in the afternoon, according to local media reports, forecasting up to 50 percent of eligible voters might had casted their ballots.
The election, which began Friday afternoon, is the country's first direct presidential election. Previous presidents were appointed by parliament.
This round of election will be decisive for the two presidential candidates, Former Prime Minister Milos Zeman and conservative Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg.
Zeman gained 24.2 percent of the ballots in the first round, while Karel Schwarzenberg pocketed 23.4 percent.
The new Czech president will exercise little day-to-day governance, but will represent the country in foreign affairs and will appoint candidates to the constitutional court and the central bank.