Free Tallinn Citizen to Become a NPO
The members of the election coalition Free Tallinn Citizen (Vaba Tallinna Kodanik) has decided to become a non-profit organization and run in the next elections as an election coalition, not a political party.
According to Erik Vest, a representative of the coalition, the NPO intends to run in the 2017 elections and also have a say in issues of local government in the meantime, uudised.err.ee reported.
The coalition is an offshoot of the Free Patrotic Citizen, initiated by ex-IRL MP Andres Herkel, who recently announced his intention to build a political party. Vest said there is no reason to link Herkel's party to the citizens' coalition created for the local elections.
While no one is banned from joining a political party, the newly formed NPO has no intention of participating in national politics, Vest said.
The citizens' coalition also has a pending court case against the city concerning the allocation of seats in the administrative councils according to election results in city districts. The coalition received 8,783 votes in the October election, just 0.99 percent short of the overall five-percent threshold. However, its results in the Pirita, Central and Nõmme districts were 7.7, 7.05 and 5.29 percent, respectively.