EKRE wants to ban publication of party polls before elections (4)
The Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE) submitted a proposal to forbid the publication of opinion surveys and party ratings before Riigikogu elections. They also proposed other changes to the election procedure, limiting the opportunities to vote.
Postimees reported on Wednesday that EKRE’s parliamentary party had submitted a proposal to ban the publication of surveys and popularity ratings for a period of 40 days leading up to Riigikogu elections.
Leader of EKRE's parliamentary party Martin Helme said that the reason for EKRE's proposal was their opinion that surveys and popularity polls could be used to manipulate voters.
Helme also said that as polls could be biased, whether deliberately or not, their publication could give voters a false impression and influence the results of an election.
“With this, the publication of any survey or popularity poll can be considered pre-election advertising, and in the interest of an honest and objective outcome should be forbidden before the elections,” Helme said.
EKRE also wants to restrict opportunities to vote in parliamentary elections. Their proposal includes a restriction of early voting to just three days, and making e-voting possible only on election day.