2021 Local Government Elections

Party ratings: Reform continue to lose support, EKRE gaining ground

05.05.21 NEWS ... The Reform Party has lost ground while the opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) continues to gain and is now practically neck-and-neck iin support with coalition party Center, according to a recent survey, which aggregates results over the past four weeks.

Isamaa expels mass membership drive organizer

04.05.21 NEWS ... Isamaa has expelled a party member behind the wholesale transfer of members from an anti-immigration group, and has also chosen not to process the applications of his followers, citing damage to the party's reputation.

'Samost ja Sildam': State budget strategy only interim document

02.05.21 OPINION ... While the state budget strategy for 2022-2025, which austerity measures totaling cuts of €61 million in a year, may have passed government approval this week, the document is interim in nature and unlikely to form a solid basis for government activities going forward, senior ERR journalists Anvar Samost and Toomas Sildam say.

Isamaa leadership: Rahva Tahe episode is harming us ahead of elections

29.04.21 NEWS ... The recent corporate joining of the opposition Isamaa party has put the organization's reputation on the line, leading members say. Over four hundred members of a non-parliamentary party applied to join Isamaa at the same time, at a time when it has seen an internal challenge on its direction, met with a crackdown on internal dissent and the postponement of leadership elections.

Party ratings: No real change, rate of Reform support loss slowing

28.04.21 POLITICS ... Reform remain the most-supported political party in Estonia according to a recent survey. In ratings which have changed little since the preceding week, the pollsters say, Center, in office with Reform, remain in second place, with opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) in third as before.

SDE and Eesti 200 form Viljandi alliance ahead of local elections

28.04.21 NEWS ... The Social Democratic Party (SDE) and Eesti 200 have made an electoral pact to run on a joint list in the South Estonian town of Viljandi, at October's local elections.

Isamaa leader: Things turning ugly inside the party

22.04.21 NEWS ... An ongoing power struggle within the opposition Isamaa party is turning ugly, the party's leader, Helir-Valdor Seeder, says.

'Otse uudistemajast': EKRE manipulating protests better than other parties

16.04.21 POLITICS ... ERR's weekly politics discussion show "Otse uudistemajast" looked at the recent growth in support for the opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE), noting that while recent protests were definitely relevant, they were not the whole picture.

Party ratings: Protests likely behind EKRE record support levels

16.04.21 POLITICS ... Opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has reached record levels of support in the annals of one market research firm's political surveys. A major factor for this is recent protests against legislation amendments which would boost police powers in enforcing coronavirus restrictions, pollsters Turu-uuringute say. EKRE has been active in opposing the amendments.

Isamaa rift after board extended one year, general meeting postponed

15.04.21 NEWS ... Opposition party Isamaa is postponing its general assembly this year amid a continuing divide between the party's official mainstream and its Parempoolsed ("Right wingers") faction, ostensibly due to coronavirus restrictions preventing large gatherings. This means the party's elected board term will be prolonged by one year.

Paper: Isamaa women's group announces Riina Solman Tallinn mayor candidate

04.04.21 2021 LOCAL GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS ... Former government minister Riina Solman has been announced Isamaa's Tallinn mayoral candidate in October's local elections, at least by the party's women's council (Isamaa naiskogu), evening paper Õhtuleht reported on its website Sunday.

Brexit may bar UK national running in local elections again

19.03.21 NEWS ... Brexit has cast doubt on the political future of a British national, who was next in line to take up a Tallinn city council seat left vacant after a Center Party councilor had to step down after being found guilty of corruption activities.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves delivering digital democracy public video lectures

12.03.21 NEWS ... Former president of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves is to hold a series of public lectures on digital security and its interface with democracies, through the spring semester.

Party ratings: Reform continue on up, EKRE confirmed second-most popular

10.03.21 POLITICS ... Reform has exceeded the 35-percent mark in support, according to a recent poll, while the opposition Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) has surpassed its former coalition partner Center.

Electoral office preparing for autumn's elections, e-voting likely a boon

09.03.21 NEWS ... Preparations are in place for both of Estonia's elections, due later this year, given the soaring coronavirus rates. While Finland recently postponed its local elections from April to June, this cannot happen under Estonian electoral law, though experts say the e-voting system will be a big help in conducting polls during a pandemic.

EKRE to run in Narva local elections for the first time

04.03.21 POLITICS ... The Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) is planning to put out their own list of candidates in the northeastern city of Narva in local government elections in October, party deputy chairman Mart Helme said.

Center Party restores its majority in Narva city council

14.12.20 NEWS ... Previously ousted Mayor of Narva Aleksei Jevgrafov, along with 13 other members of the Kodulinn Narva ("Hometown Narva") political group in Narva have joined the Center Party, restoring the party's power in the city after an attempted power shift by opposition group Meie Narva ("Our Narva").

Electoral Committee: Face verification idea not bad, but expensive

23.11.20 NEWS ... The chairman of the National Electoral Committee Oliver Kask does not consider the idea proposed by IT minister Raul Siem (EKRE) to use face identification for electronic voter verification a bad one, but it would make the system much more expensive. Kask said a mobile phone voting option would be cheaper.

Pohlak: Democracy should not be put on standby because of difficult times

18.11.20 NEWS ... Chairman of the Conservative People's Party (EKRE) Riigikogu faction Siim Pohlak said on the "Otse uudistemajast" webcast that even though Estonia is looking at difficult times because of the coronavirus and economic crises, democracy should not be put on standby and the marriage referendum should definitely go ahead.

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