Estonians Go to Polls in Municipal Elections Today

Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
10/20/2013 8:46 AM
Category: Politics

Voters throughout Estonia are taking part in elections on Sunday to decide who will fill seats on the country's 215 municipal councils.

The most watched race by far will be in the capital, Tallinn, where Mayor Edgar Savisaar and his Center Party are facing a challenge to their majority from three opposition parties and a handful of election coalitions. Savisaar chairs the Center Party, which has been ruling Tallinn almost without interruption since 2001. The Center Party is the main opposition party in the nation's parliament.

The Tallinn race took on an international twist on Saturday when Savisaar's main rival for mayor, Erik-Niiles Kross of IRL, appeared on an Interpol wanted notice.

Nationwide, around 265,000 ballots - representing 24 percent of the electorate - were  cast in the October 10-16 advance voting period. These include the 133,808 votes submitted via Internet and mobile phone using the nation's electronic voting system.

Earlier forecasts of rain and sleet, which could have deterred voters from turning out, have so far proven inaccurate. As of early afternoon, skies around the country are showing varying degrees of cloudiness but no precipitation.

Results of the advance voting will be announced shortly after polls close at 20:00 local time (17:00 UTC), when news of the overall voting results will also begin rolling in.

ERR News will be providing related articles as well as updates throughout the day on its Full Coverage blog.


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