Estonian Natl Electoral Committee registers presidential candidates for electoral college

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Estonia's National Electoral Committee at Friday's meeting registered Mart Helme, Allar Joks and Marina Kaljurand as presidential candidates for the first election round in the electoral college, and the names of Siim Kallas and Mailis Reps who received the most votes in the third round of voting in the parliament will also be added on ballots.

Helme's candidacy was set up by 21 electors, Joks's by 50 electors and Kaljurand's by 26 electors, spokespeople for the electoral college said.

The first round of the presidential election in the electoral college is to take place at the Estonia Concert Hall on Saturday at 12 noon. The candidate who receives the simple majority of votes from the total number of votes will be elected president.

If no candidate gets the necessary majority in the first round, a second round will take place at 4 p.m. Electors can choose between the two candidates who received the most votes in the first round. The candidate who receives the simple majority of votes from the total number of votes will be elected president.

This year the electoral college has 335 members, including 234 representatives of local governments and 101 MPs.

If no candidate gets the necessary majority of votes in the second electoral college round, an extraordinary presidential election is to take place in the parliament in 14 days.

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