Reform Party Proposes Ban on Pre-Election Local Government Ads

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9/26/2013 5:11 PM
Category: Politics

The head of the Reform Party's faction in Parliament, and the party's candidate to lead Tallinn, Valdo Randpere, handed a draft law to Parliament on Wednesday that would ban municipalities from running campaigns featuring election candidates three months before elections.

“The Center Party has been especially shameless during the current campaign in using taxpayer money to fund its own political campaigns,” Randpere said in a Reform Party press release on Wednesday.

He accused Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar of stealing millions of euros from Tallinn residents over the years to promote himself.

The Reform Party's bill would also make it illegal for municipalities to run signs that help boost an administration's image.

MP Kaia Iva, a member of IRL, told uudised.err.ee that her party has not looked into the details of the draft law, but supports the idea.

While MP Kajar Lember, a Social Democrat, agreed that the bill is a step in the right direction, he said it has come at the wrong time, with elections just around the corner.

“It is good practice to debate bills dealing with elections at least a year before the actual elections,” Lember told uudised.err.ee, adding that the current push is more a political stunt by Randpere.

“The bill was written with haste. The Reform Party leadership criticized Valdo Randpere yesterday morning as his campaign has not distinguished itself, and he quickly came up with something,” Center Party MP Kadri Simson told uudised.err.ee.

Simson noted that candidates are not disclosed three months in advance, but added that she is willing to discuss the proposal after the elections. She said the bill should be expanded to cover the actions of state-level politicians, claiming that IRL members ran state-funded campaigns promoting themselves during the last parliamentary elections.


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