Electoral college candidates beyond Reform and Center

Nestor might be back as well. (Siim Lõvi /ERR)
8/31/2016 9:38 AM
Source: ERR/BNS
Category: News

As the candidates who made it into the third voting round in the Riigikogu, Siim Kallas and Mailis Reps are automatically nominated for the electoral college. Everyone else who wishes to stand for election there needs to start over and collect signatures to get nominated. Jõks and Helme have already confirmed their intention to run.

Social Democrats may nominate Nestor again

The Social Democratic Party (SDE) might nominate President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor as their presidential candidate again in the electoral college, MP Urve Palo, member of SDE’s parliamentary group, said on Tuesday evening.

“We haven’t made a decision to this effect, but we definitely can’t rule it out," Palo told the Baltic News Service.

She added that if the party were to nominate a candidate of its own again, this would definitely be Nestor, who had received 40 votes in the first round of the election in the Riigikogu on Monday.

Free Party and IRL confirm they will nominate Jõks

The Free Party as well as IRL confirmed their intention on Tuesday to nominate Allar Jõks as their candidate in the electoral college next month. According to IRL’s chairman, Margus Tsahkna, Allar Jõks has a lot of support among the prospective members of the college, including plenty of people who would otherwise support the candidate of the Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), Mart Helme.

“Our aim is to go with Allar Jõks in the electoral college, and the work during summer with the members of the college has shown that he has strong support there,” Tsahkna said, adding that Jõks didn’t only have the support of IRL and the Free Party, but also of a lot of those representatives who had been elected without party affiliation.

One reason why Jõks could expect the support of independents was that as Chancellor of Justice, he had made efforts to support non-partisan candidacies and lists.

Jõks could expect the support of those representatives in the electoral college as well who would otherwise have gone with EKRE’s Mart Helme, Tsahkna said. This was because he was a “sensible, conservative, and patriotic” candidate.

IRL’s repeated attempts to carry Jõks as their own candidate towards the public, it was in fact the Free Party that first supported his candidacy in the Riigikogu. Free Party chairman Andres Herkel confirmed that his party will continue to support Jõks both in terms of getting him nominated as well as in the election in the college.

EKRE will nominate Mart Helme

Chairman of EKRE’s parliamentary group, Martin Helme, confirmed on Tuesday that they intended to follow their original plan and get Mart Helme nominated for the electoral college.

Expecting yesterday’s result, EKRE had announced early on that it wouldn’t try to get Mart Helme nominated for the Riigikogu election, but instead wait for the electoral college to be convened.

“We will certainly nominate Mart Helme for candidate in the electoral college. Work has been going on for quite some time already to that end. Competitors here might think that we’ll have problems getting the signatures together, but don’t worry,” Martin Helme said on Tuesday.

EKRE’s goal is to get its candidate into the second voting round in the electoral college, where he would most likely face off Siim Kallas.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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