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Centre Party wins the local municipality elections in Estonia

BC, Tallinn, 21.10.2013.Print version
The Estonian Centre Party won the local municipality elections in Estonia on Sunday with a result equal to the previous local municipality elections in 2009, with a convincing victory also in Estonia's capital Tallinn, informs LETA.

According to the National Elections Committee homepage, the Centre Party scored 199,888 votes or 31,9% of all votes cast in all of Estonia. In Estonia's capital Tallinn, its score was 115,074 votes or 53.65% of all votes, giving it 46 seats in the city council. In 2009, Centre Party's pan-Estonia result was 31.5% and Tallinn, 53.57%.

 

Across Estonia, Pro Patria and Res Publica Party took the second-biggest amount of votes, 107,772, or 17.2% of all, followed by Reform Party's 85,805 votes or 13.7% and Social Democratic Party's 78,494 votes or 12.5%.

 

In Tallinn, Pro Patria and Res Publica Party scored 41,900 votes or 19.17% of all, followed by Reform Party's 23,163 votes or 10.59% and Social Democratic Party's 21,694 votes or 9.92%. That would give Pro Patria and Res Publica Party 16 seats in the city council, Reform Party 9 seats and Social Democratic Party 8 seats. Different from many other places in Estonia, local elections unions didn’t cross the election threshold in the city and were thus left out of the city council.

 

The voting activity was clearly below the year 2009 this time, Postimees writes. 57.68% of voters with voting rights participated while in 2009, the turnout rate was a record 60.6%. The turnout in Estonia's capital Tallinn was nearly 63.2% versus 65.7% in 2009.

 

The Estonian local municipality elections that took place this Sunday were historic, according to the National Elections Committee (NEC) chairman Alo Heinsalu, for the highest share of advance and e-voters, LETA/Public Broadcasting reports.

 

"Although the general participation in elections was a bit below that of the previous time, the share of advance voters of all who cast votes climbed over 40%, to 42.3% and 21.3% of voters voted via the Internet. These are the highest indicators in the history of the local municipality elections," Heinsalu told national television ETV.

 

According to initial data of the NEC, the voting activity was below the year 2009 this time.

 

57.68% of voters with voting rights participated this year, while in 2009, the turnout rate was a record 60.6%.

 

265,000 people or 24.4% of the total number of voters voted at advance and e-voting this time. 133,808 electronic votes were cast at the local municipality elections during seven days.

The voting turnout was the highest in Estonia's capital Tallinn, nearly 63.2%. In Estonia's second-biggest city Tartu it was 54.22%.

 

Voting activity was also high in the Harjumaa county (59.92%), Jõgeva county (59.77%), Põlva county (59.78%) and Võru county (59%). The voting activity was the lowest in Saaremaa county (49.62%) and Ida-Virumaa (51.12%).






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