Cabinet Backs Ban on Tallinn-Style Local Government Ads ({{commentsTotal}})

Hanno Pevkur Source: (ERR)

The government said they are backing a draft law by Reform Party MP Valdo Randpere, who unsuccessfully ran for the mayoral post in Tallinn, that would ban municipalities from running campaigns featuring election candidates before elections.

The bill will have to be refined before it can be sent to Parliament, ETV reported on Thursday.

Randpere proposed the bill at the end of September, after Tallinn ran various ad campaigns, including some with pictures of Center Party candidates, promoting city services and achievements.

“Parliament must again deal with the dirty tricks of one certain municipality. But if the situation demands, and when taxpayer money is used unwisely, then the legislator must react,” Justice Minister Hanno Pevkur said.

IRL and Social Democrat MPs welcomed the idea back in September, but said they had doubts on the details and timing.

Center Party MP Kadri Simson told back then that Randpere's campaign was ailing, and needed a ratings booster.

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