The election coalition Free Citizen of Tallinn has called on the city's three opposition parties to ask otherwise disenchanted voters to elect them in an effort to break the Center Party's hold on Tallinn.
“If you have the courage to call on all those voters who are unhappy with political parties to vote for Free Citizen of Tallinn instead of staying home, then a change of guard in Tallinn is still possible,” the coalition said in an appeal to the Reform Party, IRL and Social Democrats today.
According to the coalition, the volume of recent scandals has decreased voters' trust in established political parties and increased the ranks of those who do not want to back any of them.
Tallinn University political scientist Tõnis Saarts told ERR radio today that he does not see any of the four election coalitions in Tallinn surpassing the 5-percent threshold needed for gaining a seat on the city council.
“It seems to me that the campaign run by IRL and especially Eerik-Niiles Kross, which has been a protest campaign confronting the Center Party's absolute rule, may win over those votes that would have been cast for election coalitions, especially those for Free Citizen of Tallinn,” Saarts said.
He said both Kross and the election coalitions are pitching the idea that the next mayor does not have to be an experienced politician, but Kross's campaign has been far more noticeable.
The Free Citizen of Tallinn coalition boasts such names as former Tallinn Mayor Hardo Aasmäe, Internet rights activist Elver Loho, political whistleblower Silver Meikar, and journalist and writer Andrei Hvostov.