'Average' local election candidate is 49-year-old man with higher education

Constituent casting a vote in a poll booth in the 2017 local government elections.
Constituent casting a vote in a poll booth in the 2017 local government elections. Source: (Anna Aurelia Minev/ERR)

The 'average' candidate from the over 10,000 contesting the upcoming local government elections in Estonia is a 49-year-old man, who holds a higher education qualification.

Overall, 61 percent of candidates are men, BNS said, citing State Electoral Office (VVK) head Arne Koitmäe.

Of the 10,025 candidates running, two thirds are doing so with one of eight political parties (Reform, Center, EKRE, SDE, Isamaa, Eesti 200, Greens and TULE), with most of the remaining third running with regional electoral alliances – a phenomenon peculiar to the local elections and which see municipality-specific groups running as an alternative to the mainstream, national parties.

In addition, 43 independent candidates are running.

More than 61 percent of the candidates are men and more than 38 percent are women, while as noted the "average" candidate is a 49-year-old male who attended a higher education institution.

Of international candidates, nine EU citizens are running in an electoral alliance, seven in the Social Democratic Party, four for Isamaa, four for Eesti 200 (Wout Verlinden, a Belgian national running in Tartu, and Katharina Hedwig Maria Sowa, a German national running in Tallinn), three for EKRE, two for the Reform Party (including Dutch national Imar Yacine Koutchoukali, running in Tartu) and two for the Greens.

12 of the EU candidates are from Finland, six from Germany, four from Latvia, two from Sweden, two from Lithuania, two from the Netherlands and one each from Denmark, Belgium and Slovenia.

You can search for candidates by party, municipality and name here.


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Editor: Andrew Whyte

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