Center Party once again wins local elections in Estonia

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The Center Party this year once again won the local elections in addition to Tallinn also in Estonia as a whole, receiving altogether 27.3 percent of all votes cast.

Altogether 159,118 people voted for different Center Party candidates across Estonia, which made up 27.3 percent of all votes cast. Different election coalitions across received marginally fewer votes, 156,048 votes or 26.8 percent of all votes.

The Reform Party received a total of 113,672 votes or 19.5 percent of all votes cast in Estonia. The Reform Party was followed the Social Democratic Party (SDE) with 10.3 percent or 60,309 of all votes. The Pro Patria and Res Publica Union (IRL) received altogether 8 percent or 46,435 votes. The Estonian Conservative People's Party (EKRE) got 6.7 percent or 39,325 of all votes.

Center Party wins absolute majority in Tallinn

The Center Party once again achieved absolute majority in the Estonian capital city Tallinn in local polls.

The Center Party received 44.4 percent of all votes cast in Tallinn which means that the party won 40 seats in the 79-seat council. At the same time this is six seats less than in the 2013 local polls.

The Reform Party received 20.5 percent of the 192,091 votes cast in Tallinn and won 18 seats, 9 seats more than in 2013.

SDE was able to improve its position by one seat to nine seats, having received 11 percent of votes cast. The Conservative People's Party (EKRE) received 7 percent of electors' votes and won six seats, while in 2013 the party won none.

The Pro Patria and Res Publica Union won five seats, 11 less than in the previous local elections. Edgar Savisaar won one seat, while its electoral alliance remained below the election threshold.

53.2 pct of voters participate in local elections

Altogether 53.2 percent of voting-age residents voted in the Estonian local elections this year, while the indicator was at 57.6 percent in the last elections and 60.4 percent in 2009.

The percentage of voters exceeded 60 percent only in Voru County, where it totaled 60.1 percent, while elsewhere the percentage remained below 60 percent.