Editorial: The election results will be known immediately

Drawn by Ott Vallik.

Drawn by Ott Vallik.

Late Sunday evening will be filled with predictions and expectations, as the results of local government preparations will be announced. This means that we will know who will lead Haapsalu, Lääne-Nigula, Vormsi or any Estonian local government in the next four years.

Although the candidates have not put too much effort this year – there have been few outdoor campaigns, as well as debates – the elections will not be missed and everyone will be able to influence the outcome in a small way by voting. The coronavirus is not an obstacle either – a sick person can call the ballot box home or cast their vote in e-elections. Polling station doors and proof of passage, which would exclude uninspected people, are not required at polling station doors.

Many have already fulfilled their civic duty – by advance or e-voting. By Friday evening, more than a quarter of voters across Estonia had already made their choice. If you can vote online until Saturday night, the doors of the polling station will close at eight o’clock on Sunday evening, and a lively counting of votes will begin behind the same doors.

Although the electoral promises on the lists have varied, the common message of all candidates has been: “Go to the polls!” Will Urmas Sukles continue as the mayor of Haapsalu for the seventh time, or will young Roger Tibar get in the door? Or can we become a female mayor instead? How are the votes divided between the fairly equal lists of Western Nigula? Will new winds start blowing in Vormsi City Council? It all becomes clear on Sunday night.

Yes, by Sunday evening, it is clear what the lines of power will be, but it may not yet show who will take over the local government. Who will go with whom will not be announced until next week or even next week. It is not uncommon in Estonian politics that the winner of the election has to accept a place in the opposition instead. But, as has been said, everyone can have a small influence on who gets how many votes in elections.

Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.

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