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Supreme Court examines nine complaints connected to recent local elections

Paper ballots being counted in Tallinn the day after Election Day. Oct. 16, 2017.
Paper ballots being counted in Tallinn the day after Election Day. Oct. 16, 2017. Source: (Siim Lõvi/ERR)

The Supreme Court of Estonia handled nine complaints related to the Oct. 15 local government council elections, leaving in force all decisions of the National Electoral Committee contested in the complaints.

The Supreme Court did not deem invalid any of the electoral committee decisions that the complainants sought to overturn, spokespeople for the country's top court told BNS.

Three of the cases adjudicated by the Supreme Court had been filed by Virgo Kruve, an independent candidate for Rakvere City Council who received five votes in the polls. Two complaints were from Meelis Kaldalu, a candidate of the Tartu with a Heart (Südamega Tartu) election coalition in Tartu who received 23 votes.

The remaining complaints had been filed by Kade Kalamees, a Conservative People's Party of Estonia (EKRE) candidate for Tori Municipal Council, Argo Mõttus, a candidate for Võru City Council, EKRE, and the For Rakvere (Rakvere Heaks) election coalition. The last two of these complaints had been filed before Election Day.

The National Electoral Committee received ten complaints concerning the 2017 local elections, two of which were not granted and eight of which were rejected.


The final ruling of the Supreme Court on a complaint filed in connection with the Oct. 15 elections was issued on Nov. 16.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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