50,000 fewer votes 'wasted' on marginal parties (16)

Aleksander Laane, top candidate of the Green Party (Postimees/Scanpix)
3/2/2015 9:30 AM
Category: Politics

The number of votes cast for parties and individual candidates which failed to make it to Parliament was a whopping 60,000 at the last national elections, this year that figure was 10,000 as two new parties entered Parliament.

In 2011 the Greens missed out with a 3.8-percent (22,000 votes) result, needing 7,000 more votes to pass the threshold. This time the party only amassed 5,200 votes, 0.9 percent of all votes.

The People's Union, now the Conservative People's Union (EKRE), won 12,200 votes (2.1 percent), but broke into Parliament this time around with 46,800 votes.

The Russian Party in Estonia (5,000 votes in 2011) and the Christian Democrats (3,000 votes) did not participate this year. The Independence Party picked up less than half of its 2011 haul with just 1,000 votes.

Perhaps the largest change was in the independent candidate category. Only 888 people voted for non-party candidates in 2015, that figure was nearly 16,000 four years ago. The father and son pair of Mart and Martin Helme ran for EKRE this time, not as individual candidates as in 2011.

J.M. Laats

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