Fringe parties ask to film election ads at Ämari ({{commentsTotal}})

NATO military jets at the Ämari airbase near Tallinn Source: Courtesy of the Defense Forces

After the Reform Party unveiled an election campaign video, filmed at the Ämari Air Base, drawing criticism for use of Defense Forces facilities for political gain, the Conservative People's Party and the Party of People's Unity have also asked to use the base.

The Conservative People's Party has asked permission to picture candidates next to NATO fighters while Kristiina Ojuland's party said it wants to film an ad, Postimees repoted.

Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas and his party came under criticism for shooting at Ämari, the main air force base in Estonia, after which he said all political parties have the possibility to ask the Defense Forces for permission.

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said that the Defense Forces and other organizations connected with national defense, must be kept apart from political election campaigns.

“Questions on the security of the nation are clearly part of the political debate, but the Defense Forces and other institutions related to national security are non-political, as is the norm for democratic nations,” Ilves told to ERR on Thursday.

Polls currently predict that neither the Conservative People's Party or the Party of People's Unity will pass the 5 percent threshold at the upcoming parliamentary elections.

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