For the party, it means over €6,000 a month for Mr Savisaar from its coffers, with taxes. On top of that, Mr Savisaar draws a Riigikogu pension, currently over €2,000 net monthly. Thus, Mr Savisaar now totals €5,500 of income a month.
As for the content of speeches by candidates, Peeter Ernits was the first to speak and state his gloomy view. One was left with the impression that Estonia is a sad state.
Following him, Mailis Reps said the President was not going to be elected without Centre.
«The President elected at end of summer must give his all to put an end to this constant sowing of enmity and war hysteria. Our interests are a unified country and good and constructive relations with all of our neighbours including Russia. Instead of the constant attacks and intimidation, we need to communicate as equals,» said Ms Reps.
She expressed her conviction that the President should be elected directly by the people.
In his own address, Edgar Savisaar told the audience that Centre’s candidates have been worthy in former campaigns as well. According to Mr Savisaar, a President should not stand with back to the people but stand among them.
«Not the duty of President of the Republic to attend the next digital conference. He must see that Estonia passes laws that are supported by the people,» said Mr Savisaar.
After the final speech was heard, secretary-general of the party Oudekki Loone presented the order of elections, pursuant to which a candidate would be elected having pocketed over 50 percent of votes between council members participating.
The votes of Ms Reps were counted first. As the half way mark of 85 was reached, half of the hall begun to clap and supporters gathered around her with congratulations.
As the Savisaar-votes were counted, he was swiftly wheelchaired out and comments to journalists proved elusive.
After her win, as Presidential candidate for Centre, Mailis Reps said she entered the event hopeful the votes would be fifty-fifty.
Asked what she would tell those who voted for Mr Savisaar, Ms Reps said «I believe what matters most is to find the balance. Like before, we all respect the Centre chairman. And this is nothing by electing a Presidential candidate. We will find the means to go on together. There is definitely no need to become bitter, disappointed or draw some kinds of final conclusions.»
At the Centre Party Presidential candidate elections, 169 ballots were issued. One was returned faulty.