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One in ten Tallinn city officials member of Center Party

One tenth of Tallinn city officials are members of the Center Party.
One tenth of Tallinn city officials are members of the Center Party. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

203 Tallinn city officials are currently members of the Center Party, accounting for 13.3 percent of the total number of city officials in the capital.

ERR's Estonian-language news cross-referenced records from the Tallinn phone book with public records from the Central Commercial Register; phone book records were found for 1,526 officials.

Members of other political parties are represented among these officials as well: 28 are in the Reform Party, 21 in the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL), 16 in the Social Democratc Party (SDE) and 13 in the Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE).

Also represented are the Left Party (9), the People's Unity Party (RÜE, 2), the Estonian Greens (1) and the Independent Party (EIP, 1).

61 city officials have left opposition parties, with the biggest waves of departures seen prior to and following local elections.

The Tallinn Municipal Police Department clearly has the highest concentration of political party members, with nearly one in five employees a member of the Center Party and notable numbers of EKRE and Left Party members as well.

The concentration of ruling Center Party members is particularly notable in the city district governments of Kesklinn, Lasnamäe and Põhja-Tallinn.

In contrast, the vital statistics office did not have any Center Party members in its ranks, and of 32 officials listed in the Tallinn phone book, the only one to belong to a political party belongs to EKRE.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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